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Likud Rejects Sharon's Plan to Leave Gaza

The Likud Party on Sunday soundly rejected Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s proposal to unilaterally withdraw from the Gaza Strip in a lopsided vote that took place after a pregnant settler and her four children died in a shooting attack by Palestinian gunmen. Final tallies showed about 60% of Likud voters opposed the proposal, which calls for evacuating all 21 settlements in the Gaza Strip and four others in the northern West Bank. The results of voting by Likud’s rank and file threw Sharon’s political future into question and dealt a setback to Bush administration efforts to cast its embrace of the plan as a way to revive the U.S.-backed “road map” to peace. Full Story

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