Israeli cabinet approves compensation for Gaza settlers

Israel's security cabinet Tuesday approved a policy to provide cash advances to Jewish settlers who evacuate the Gaza Strip voluntarily. According to a draft bill, each settler family would receive between $200,000 and $500,000 as part of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw from the Palestinian territory.

Zevulun Orlev, the only security cabinet member to vote against the payments, said that he doubted whether there is a "legal basis for paying compensation before a ruling on the law of evacuation." Reuters has more. The Jerusalem Post has local coverage. BBC News has background on Sharon's plan for disengagement from Gaza.

 

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