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Proposed law undermines negotiations over Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees

Israeli MK Miri Regev has proposed a new bill to the ministerial committee for legislation that would obligate the prime minister to get agreement from a majority of Knesset members regarding negotiations over Jerusalem or Palestinian refugees. This proposal comes just one week after a previous bill, also from Regev, to annex the Jordan Valley was approved.

According to the new bill, any negotiations conducted by the prime minister without Knesset approval on both these issues would be illegal and undemocratic, and thus not binding on parliament. It would give the prime minister room to manoeuvre and disown any obligations agreed to-date or in the future with the Palestinians.

According to Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Regev said that the bill is based on previous draft legislation introduced by Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan during the last government. That bill, added Regev, was not voted on.

Describing the proposed law, Regev pointed out that it should block any concessions that touch the "Jewish identity of Israel" or lead to widening divisions within Israeli society.

Source: Arabs48

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