Sharon stakes job on pullout

Despite scoring a major victory in a historic parliamentary battle, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is now in danger of losing the political war – perhaps even his government – over his Gaza Strip withdrawal plan. Tuesday’s vote for the pullout was “historic,” says Hebrew University political scientist Menachem Hofnung. It marks the first time since Israel’s founding in 1948 that the nation has agreed to withdraw from land it considers part of its Jewish heritage. Full Story

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