According to Israeli Radio, Ariel Sharon's Likud party rejected his plans today to pull Israel out of Gaza. The projections are: defeat at 58-42
percent, Channel Two at 56-44 percent and Channel One at 62-38 percent.
Sharon vows to continue pullout in spite of the voting results.
It would seem that the Israeli people do not want to give in to terrorism, However this vote was only involving the Likud party which Sharon heads.
The Likud party vote here on this issue speaks for only about 2% of the population of Israel if I am correct.
This could all spell the end for Sharon as PM if indeed he is losing the support of his own party.
I believe the conflict in Israel is tied to the overall war on terrorism and to the peace and security of the world.
This is going to make life very interesting in Israel and could lead to the downfall of Sharon's Likud government. The vast majority of Israeli's
would like to pull out of Gaza. There's well over a million Palestinians living there compared to 7,500 Israelis. It's a big expense and a big
security headache. And, while they want out, the ultra conservative Likud don't want to be in a position of looking weak to the Palestinians. IMO
this is why Sharon lost the vote today.
The Palestinians don't want the Israelis to pull out to soon either. It will leave a vacumn that the Palestinian Authority will not be able to cope
This is a real quandary and God only knows how it's going to turn out. If the stakes weren't so high I'd be LMAO.
BTW, I believe the referendum was only voted on by Likud members. That, and because it was just a referendum, is why Sharon can ignore it. If it
included all Israelis I think the pull out vote would have been much, much higher.
This is indeed an interesting development. Reuters is reporting 60/40 vote, this is a strong no from his party. Yes he could ignore it, but it would
mean his downfall. I think the next couple of days will be quite hectic in the erea.
We will have to wait and see... Maybe Sharon's next move will be to take out Arrafat, or something else to look tough? It's going to get hot, in my
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