(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday condemned the Knesset's decision to approve the National Referendum Law which will require either a Knesset super-majority or a national referendum in order to hand over any annexed territories as part of a future peace deal.
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"The Knesset's decision to pass the bill makes a mockery of international law. The international community considers east Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan Heights to be occupied territories," a Syrian Foreign Ministry announcement read.
The statement also said that the law is designed for "those that still under the illusion that the Israeli government is interested in peace."
Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat on Monday slammed the Knesset's decision and reiterated the sentiments put forward by Syria and said that "with the passage of this bill, the Israeli leadership, yet again, is making a mockery of international law.
"Ending the occupation of our land is not and cannot be dependent on any
sort of referendum." said Erekat.
Jamal Zahalka described the law as, "an Israeli invention which is
unprecedented in world history." Zahalka asserted, "the Knesset has no
right to decide the future of Jerusalem or the Golan Heights," adding
that it is, "not an Israeli internal affair. He said that the
legislation was a "clear message that Israel does not want to reach a
settlement or peace," Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported on
The Knesset passed the National
Referendum Law during a late-night session Monday, approving legislation
that will fundamentally alter Israeli negotiators’ ability to offer
concrete peace deals involving the Golan Heights or east Jerusalem. The
law passed by a vote of 65-33.