Knesset approves J'lem-Golan national referendum bill

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 22, 2010 23:48

 
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The Knesset on Monday night approved the Jerusalem-Golan Heights national referendum bill with 65 voting in favor and 33 against in its second and third reading.

A majority of Labor party members were absent during the vote.

Submitted by Knesset House Committee chairman Yariv Levin (Likud), the legislation requires either a national referendum or a supporting Knesset vote of 80 MKs in any instance in which Israel agrees in diplomatic talks to hand over areas under Israel sovereignty (i.e., in Jerusalem beyond the Green Line or on the Golan Heights).

According to the bill, any such deal would, within 180 days, be put to a national referendum that would be run by the Central Elections Committee.

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