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Israel Battens Down Hatches for Volatile Gaza Vote

Stringent security measures were being implemented for a parliamentary vote next week on a Gaza pullout plan expected to spark Jewish settler protests and heighten death threats against Israeli leader Ariel Sharon. The prime minister’s move to “disengage” from conflict with Palestinians has splintered his coalition and polarized public opinion, with rightists suggesting soldiers refuse to evacuate settlers and moderates campaigning for the plan. Amid Israeli media reports that diehard settlers aimed to “besiege” next Tuesday’s critical session of parliament with protests, it disclosed measures to protect key political players unusual even in security-fixated Israel. Full Story

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