Labor vetoes discussion on Habayit Hayehudi 'United Jerusalem' bill

Labor vetoes discussion

October 28, 2009 13:33

A bill entitled 'United Jerusalem is the Capital of the Jewish Nation' was taken off the Knesset agenda on Wednesday, after a veto in the government from the Labor Party. The government cannot support a bill if any faction within it exercises their veto power. The bill, proposed by Habayit Hayehudi MK Zevulun Orlev, defines Jerusalem as "the capital of the Jewish people." Orlev fiercely attacked Labor's move, but Welfare and Social Services Minister Isaac Herzog, however, defended his party's decision, saying that while Labor "loves Jerusalem," the bill "would not serve the interests of Jerusalem and the State of Israel." Herzog stressed the "vast contribution of the Labor Party to the unification of Jerusalem," adding, "actions speak louder than words."

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