WASHINGTON, March 26 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will meet President Bush in Washington May 14 to discuss his unilateral withdraw plan from Gaza, diplomatic sources say.
While officials who spoke to UPI on condition of anonymity said the "plans were not yet finalized," they did, however, say "it looks like it."
Sharon announced several months back he would consider a unilateral Israeli redeployment from the occupied Gaza Strip as a way around the stalled peace talks with Palestinians. His proposed move was harshly criticized by the Palestinians.
Middle East analysts say they believe Israel's killing of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of the Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, was intended to "deny" the Palestinians a sense of victory after Israel's unilateral pullout from Gaza.
After redeploying from south Lebanon in 2000 as a result of continuous harassment from the Lebanese Shiite militia, Hezbollah, Israel, said a diplomatic source, would never commit the same mistake again.