Sharon will live to regret this
Yahoo! News - Sharon Drops Key Demand for Peace Talks
: "Sharon said in a speech Thursday that while he still wants the armed groups dismantled, any crackdown would be 'complicated.' He said he now considers Palestinian efforts to stop incitement against Israel as a sufficient sign of goodwill.
Palestinians have refused to confront the militants, saying they fear civil war, and the standoff was one of the key obstacles in resuming negotiations.
Israeli commentators described Sharon's shift in position as dramatic.
'There is no longer the demand ... of total war by the Palestinian Authority (news - web sites) on terror groups, collecting weapons and governmental reform,' said a commentary in Friday's editions of the Yediot Ahronot daily newspaper."