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Israel Rejects Referendum On Gaza Plan

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon secured an important victory on Monday as Parliament rejected by a vote of 72 to 39 a national referendum on his Gaza withdrawal plan that could have delayed or blocked his efforts to evacuate Jewish settlers. With this step, Mr. Sharon appears primed to overcome the final political challenges to the plan, after a year of fierce debates with former allies and incessant political maneuvering. The operation, if it goes ahead as planned in July, will entail the removal of more than 8,000 Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip.Full Story

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