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In pictures: Divisions over Gaza
Ariel Sharon is congratulated by allies in the Israeli Knesset
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There were congratulations in the Israeli Knesset for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who won the first stage of his battle to disengage from Gaza.
Israeli settler cries outside the Knesset
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But outside, there was dismay among thousands of pro-settlement Israelis.
Israeli settler reacts outside the Knesset
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Some turned to prayer as an outlet for their anger.
Young settler watch the news coming through in the settlement of Neve Dekalim, part of the Gush Katif block of settlements in the Gaza Strip
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And in the settlements themselves, disbelief that their former champion could apparently turn his back.
Gaza settler with child, Tiferet Israel
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The Jews living in Gaza are a vocal minority among settlers and they have mobilised to oppose the pullout plan.
Tiferet Israel settlement in Gaza
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Settlers in Gaza occupy land they believe they have a right to inhabit.
March to the Knesset
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But many in Israel welcome Mr Sharon's plan, including left-wingers and peace activists who marched to the parliament building in a show of support.
Peace activists
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Pro-disengagement groups say evacuation of settlements means "choosing life".
Palestinian Mohammed Deyzadah watches the Knesset vote at his shop in Gaza City
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For Palestinians watching in Gaza, there is ambivalence at Mr Sharon's motives and anger that Palestinians have not been involved in negotiations over the plan.

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