He wanted to erase the Palestinian people from the map ... He wanted to kill us, but at the end of the day, Sharon is dead and the Palestinian people are alive." — Tawfik Tirawi, who served as Palestinian intelligence chief when Sharon was prime minister.
If Sharon wanted the Palestinians erased from the map, why did he pull all the settlements, soldiers, and garrisons out of the Gaza Strip, and leave it to the Palestinians?
More to the point - other than blaming Israel, what have the Palestinians done to improve the situation in Gaza? They were left several acres of greenhouses to assist in starting any sort of produce- or agri-based industry (flowers, fruits, veggies, etc). Guess what happened to those greenhouses? The Palestinians have been screaming for "their" land back for 2 generations, and yet when given "their" land back, have used it to continue to launch rockets at civilian targets.
The Palestinians are not interested in peace. They are incapable of it. Their entire national character is defined by their struggle against Israel and have absolutely no incentive to discontinue it.