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Ariel Sharon made an impassioned defense of his disengagement plan at the start of a crunch debate in Parliament Monday as 16 Palestinians were killed by troops in the Gaza Strip
"I have decided to go right through to the end with this separation. I am convinced this will strengthen Israel," Sharon told MPs at the start of a two-day debate that will culminate in a vote on Tuesday evening. "It will advance us on the road to peace with our neighbors, the Palestinians," he added in his speech to Parliament. Under the plan, all 8,000 Jewish settlers will leave Gaza next year. Several hundred residents of four small Jewish enclaves in the northern West Bank will also be removed, wrote the Daily Star. Sunday, the Israeli Cabinet approved a bill to compensate Jewish settlers who would be relocated. Penalties are to be assessed against any settlers who resist evacuation. Hours before Mr. Sharon's address, Israeli tanks, armored bulldozers and troops raided a Gaza refugee camp at Khan Younis, killing Palestinians and wounding more than 70 others. Israel says mortar fire on a nearby Israeli settlement provoked the latest army assault, says Voice of America. Sharon opposes a referendum, which would take months to prepare, as a stalling tactic and said it would only increase the divisions and the hatred on both sides. However, several Cabinet members, including Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have called for a national vote. Media reports say Sharon should get at least 65 votes - and possibly as many as 70 - in the 120-member Knesset, with fewer than 48 lawmakers voting against the plan. The withdrawal plan has stirred passions on both sides. Thousands of supporters demonstrated outside the Knesset on Monday night, singing songs, waving Israeli flags and holding signs reading "leaving settlements - a choice for life" and "leave Gaza immediately.", Guardian informed
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