Sharon savours victory for Gaza pullout but coalition split

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was savouring a dramatic victory for his Gaza pullout plan after MPs gave the green light to the first ever evacuation of occupied Palestinian territory.Deputies voted 67 to 45 in favour of the so-called disengagement plan amid chaotic scenes in parliament, but the project continues to bitterly divide the government which remains in danger of collapsing. While the 22-vote majority was larger than many predicted, the embattled premier is still not out of the woods with four members of his cabinet — including his arch rival Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — threatening to resign unless he yields to their demands for a referendum on the project.Full Story

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