The vanishing state of statelessness
I think Sharon and Bush are smarter than people realize.
Once Palestine is officially a state, with UN representatives and etc, behind a wall from Israel, they are not going to be able to just excuse away terrorist acts against Israel as "negotiation." A state can be held responsible for acts of violence in ways a perceived "society of refugees" cannot. They will suffer the same strictures as the other official Arab states do against taking military action against Israel, and lose their unique ability to carry out the Arab states' proxy war against Israel from within a stateless society. As a sovereign state, they will no longer enjoy the protective veneer of perpetual victimhood, and their attacks will be exposed for what they are: acts of war.