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Sunday, July 16, 2017

'Jerusalem Bill' advances

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved this morning, Sunday, the “United Jerusalem Bill” of Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett and MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli (Jewish Home).
 
The bill seeks to establish the requirement of an 80-MK supermajority in the Knesset for any diplomatic agreement ceding parts of Jerusalem to move ahead.
 
Minister Bennett praised the Committee’s decision. “Twice the capital city was saved from the tragedy of division spearheaded by Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak, who held temporary majorities in the Knesset. This [scenario] is done for.”
 
According to Bennett, “The United Jerusalem Bill which passed today in the Legislation Committee will prevent plans to divide Jerusalem. Unity around the United Jerusalem Bill will strengthen our status in the world and prevent future pressure on Israel.”
 
Head of the Jewish Home faction MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli added that “In light of past attempts, during which two Prime Ministers tried to divide Jerusalem within the framework of dangerous diplomatic agreements, we must prevent in advance any damage to the capital city. There is an opportunity in light of the coalitional makeup to bring about the passage of the bill.”