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Knesset bill calls for referendum before withdrawal from Jerusalem or the Golan

February 20, 2014 at 3:31 pm

The Israeli parliament looks likely to approve a bill which would require the government to hold a national referendum before any withdrawal could be made from occupied Jerusalem or the occupied Syrian Golan. Sources in the Zionist state say that the Knesset passed the bill with a comfortable majority in preliminary readings. It has cross-party support, including Kadima and Labour, as well as the right-wing groups.

The bill proposed by Likud MK Yariv Levin requires 80 of Israel’s 120 Knesset members to approve any government decision to effect such withdrawals. In the absence of such a majority, as long as there is support from 60 MKs a referendum would be held.

Israel’s Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs approved the bill last month, with a majority of seven; two members voted against.