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Bill calling for Israeli withdrawals only by referendum approved in first reading

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  • Joseph M. Hochstein
    Ynetnews Bill calling for Israeli withdrawals only by referendum approved in first reading Majority of 65 MKs backs motion stating if government, Knesset
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 1, 2008
      Ynetnews

      Bill calling for Israeli withdrawals only by referendum approved in
      first reading

      Majority of 65 MKs backs motion stating if government, Knesset approve
      ceding of Israeli land, decision will be brought to referendum within
      180 days. MK Katz: Vote sends clear message to Assad that Israel will
      not cede Golan Heights

      by Amnon Meranda
      Published: 06.30.08, 20:00 / Israel News
      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3562303,00.html

      A bill stating that a referendum will be held before the ceding of any
      land belonging to the State of Israel has been approved in its
      preliminary reading by the Knesset on Monday.

      The motion was approved with a majority of 65 MKs, and was opposed by
      18. According to the bill, if the government approves the ceding of
      Israeli land the decision will be brought before the Knesset, and if it
      is approved by the Knesset, a referendum will be held within 180 days.
      However, should a withdrawal be supported by at least 80 MKs, the matter
      will not be brought to a referendum.

      The bill refers to areas that Israel has full sovereignty over, such as
      the Golan Heights and east Jerusalem. The West Bank does not fall under
      this category.

      MK Yisrael Katz (Likud), head of the Knesset's Golan Heights lobby, said
      following the vote "the result is a victory (for MKs who oppose an
      Israeli withdrawal from the Golan). The Knesset conveyed a clear message
      to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and to (Syrian President Bashar) Assad
      that Israel will not cede the Golan."

      Knesset House Committee Chairman David Tal (Kadima) said the preliminary
      vote was an important step "in preventing Israel from making dangerous
      concessions".

      Meretz MK Zahava Gal-On on the other hand said the Knesset was
      "attempting to hinder the negotiations on the Golan.

      "The Knesset's job is to determine whether we are better off holding on
      to the Golan without peace or achieving peace while ceding the Golan,"
      she said. "If the Knesset has the authority to approve the annexation of
      lands, then it must also hold the authority to reach the opposite
      decision."
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