Israel Divided over Gaza Pullout

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Despite threats of assassination--even talk of a civil war--Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is pushing his plan to evacuate Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip. Today, Israeli tanks and planes attacked a Palestinian refugee camp, killing at least 14 Palestinians and wounding 72, in an operation an army spokespeople said was designed to halt mortar fire. The exercise came just as debate got underway in the Knesset, with a vote expected tomorrow. Palestinian leader Saeb Erekat said "deliberations in parliament... are being translated into more Palestinian bloodshed." While candidates Bush and Kerry have tiptoed around the issue, events in the Middle East have been changing fast. We update a continuing crisis that won't go away--whoever the next occupant of the White House turns out to be.
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US Supreme Court news release on Justice Rehnquist

Lithwick's article on outbreak of Supreme Court horror stories

International Atomic Energy Agency and Iraq

John Kerry on President Bush's failure to secure weapons in Iraq

New York Times article on missing weapons



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