Today, the Israeli parliament (Knesset) will vote on Ariel Sharon's unilateral disengagement plan.
Under the plan, Israel will use military force against its own citizens to ethnically cleanse the Gaza Strip of all its Jewish residents. The IDF will be instructed to carry out the ethnic cleansing while under terrorist fire, as Hamas continues to fire rockets into Israeli suburbs. Israel will also not receive any reciprocal actions from the Palestinians.
According to the plan, Israel will hand over thousands of homes, agricultural resources, and infrastructure to be occupied by Hamas members and other Palestinians.
Hamas has declared that its terrorist attacks have led to the Israeli withdrawal, as the IDF and people of Israel have been defeated by Palestinian suicide bombers and various terrorist attacks. Hamas also promised to use the evacuated homes and farming land as staging areas for future terrorist attacks on Israeli population centers.
Sharon is backed by Leftist parties and has refused calls from the people of Israel and from his own Likud party members to hold a national referendum on the disengagement plan.
Sharon has referred to the vote as "fateful" for Israel.