Mr Mofaz said the pullout would allow Israel to keep hold of its large West Bank settlements - which are viewed as illegal under international law - extending its future borders deep into Palestinian territory.
"In fact, the settlers of [the West Bank] and Gaza will be able to say in years to come that they helped establish the eastern frontiers of the state of Israel," he told the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot.
Thanks to Mofaz for confirming what was quite obvious to almost everyone from the moment Sharon first announced the plan.
Here we are presented once again with the stark absurdity of the Israeli position: a high Israeli government official publicly declares Israel's intention not only of holding on to Palestinian land which it currently illegally occupies, but of continuing to take even more Palestinian land. At the same time, the Israeli prime minister insists that the Palestinian Authority is not doing enough to curb terrorism, terrorism which is itself largely a response to four decades of Israeli military occupation and expropriation of Palestinian land and resources by Jewish settlers.
No one should make any mistake: the continued expansion of settlements, and destruction of Palestinian homes and farmland which that entails, are acts of war. It is flatly preposterous for Israel to demand that the Palestinian Authority reign in violent elements while at the same time continuing, indeed while ramping up, the very policies which incite that violence.