The Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday voted down a bill requiring
a majority of the Knesset to authorize negotiations on Jerusalem and the status
of Palestinian refugees.
Likud ministers on the committee chose not to
adopt Likud Beytenu MK Miri Regev’s proposal, requiring at least 61 MKs to
pre-approve any negotiations on Jerusalem or the status of Palestinian refugees,
though last month they voted in favor of a similar bill regarding negotiations
over the Jordan Valley.
“It’s unfortunate that Likud ministers forget
that bills like this are what brought us to the Knesset,” Regev wrote on
Facebook. “This important bill deals with two significant core issues and should
have passed. Unfortunately, it was rejected and that is a great
Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel and Pensioners’
Affairs Minister Uri Orbach, both of the Bayit Yehudi, were the only ones to
vote in favor of the initiative.
According to the bill, any talks on
matters that take place without the Knesset’s authorization will not obligate
Regev’s measure is one in a series of recent legislation
from the Right and Left that seek to tie Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s
hands when it comes to diplomatic moves.
MK Ya’acov Litzman (United Torah
Judaism) drafted an initiative similar to Regev’s, meant to prevent the
government from negotiating on Jerusalem without twothirds of the Knesset’s
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation authorized it, but
Livni and Yesh Atid ministers appealed the vote. Litzman nevertheless brought
the bill to the plenum in December and it was voted down, with Likud Beytenu and
Bayit Yehudi absenting themselves.