Activist Daniella Weiss, one of the leaders of the organization Gush Emunim ('Bloc of the Faithful') fighting for a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, spoke to Arutz Sheva about former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's death on Saturday. Sharon had been in a coma since 2006.
Sharon, who in 2005 split from Likud to form the Kadima party in forcing ahead his "Disengagement" plan that expelled all Jewish residents from Gaza and part of northern Samaria (Shomron), was eulogized critically by nationalist leaders following his death.
Weiss similarly decried Sharon's legacy, further stating that the response to his death by the Israeli media is a warning sign.
"Sharon caused the expulsion from Gush Katif and northern Samaria - his old age shamed his youth," assessed Weiss. "The media uproar around his gradual death is a prelude encouraging the continued expulsion of Jews."
Weiss explains that "when they make (Sharon) a hero despite the expulsion of thousands of Jews from their homes and his casting aside the security of the state of Israel, they essentially give (Prime Minister Binyamin) Netanyahu the message that he too will be crowned a greater hero if only he follows Sharon's path."
Indeed, Netanyahu reportedly offered to lease communities in Judea and Samaria from the Palestinian Authority (PA) for a limited period of time in ongoing peace talks.
Last November, Weiss sharply criticized Netanyahu's decision to placate the US by freezing construction plans in the E-1 area critical for contiguous Israeli control around Jerusalem. In October she held a conference bringing thousands together in calling for Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria.
Weiss briefly discussed the aid that Gush Emunim received from Sharon.
"We had a period when we worked together, but he preferred to be prime minister," commented Weiss. "He separated from the settlers, separated from those dedicated to Israel, and did one of the most grievous acts in the history of the people of Israel."
"There is no true expression of sorrow over Sharon's passing in the recent hours, and there is no true appraisal, but rather a promo for another expulsion," concluded Weiss.