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Israeli parliament approves compensation bill for evacuated Gaza settlers

[JURIST] The Israeli Knesset [official website] Wednesday narrowly approved a measure to compensate Jewish settlers evacuating from the Gaza Strip. The bill passed 59-40, reflecting Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's "unity" coalition and amid protests from Sharon’s own Likud party [political party website in Hebrew] and nationalist interests. This is seen as a major step in Sharon's plan to eventually cede Gaza Strip territory back to the Palestinians. Reuters has more.

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