PM attempts to advance national West Bank referendum bill

By REBECCA ANNA STOIL
September 20, 2010 21:30




Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is involved in the advancement of a bill that would require a public referendum in the event that any peace treaty is made with the Palestinian Authority, Channel 2 television news reported late Monday evening.

According to the report, Netanyahu has already received copies of the bill, drafted by Netanyahu loyalist freshman MK Ophir Akunis (Likud). The bill would require a national referendum to approve any government decision regarding agreements involving the West Bank.

The prime minister has reportedly already expressed his support for the bill, including for its advancement in the Knesset session set to begin next month. The Knesset is still in the process of legislating a bill to establish the framework for holding national referenda in Israel, a bill that would also mandate a national referendum in the event that annexed territories, such as the Golan Heights or Jerusalem, may be ceded as part of any future negotiations.

That bill, which was initiated in the previous Knesset, has been met with reluctance on the part of the current administration.


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