PM: Knesset must ok principles declaration

Olmert assures attorney-general that any deal with the Palestinians will be brought to the plenum.

October 22, 2007 16:44
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PM: Knesset must ok principles declaration

knesset plenum 224.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has committed to bringing any joint Israeli-Palestinian declaration reached at the Annapolis conference to the Knesset for approval, Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz said Monday, responding to a petition by MK Gideon Sa'ar (Likud.) "Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has obligated himself to act according to the practice of the State of Israel and bring any document outlining Israel's obligations in the peace process for Knesset approval," wrote Mazuz in a letter to Sa'ar. Olmert has said in the past that he intended to bring a declaration, if reached, to the cabinet, but not to the Knesset. However, Mazuz said that Olmert had agreed to present any such declaration, not only a final status proposal, for Knesset approval. "Any document outlining the obligations of the State of Israel regarding important political or military decisions, whether regarding a final peace deal, an agreement over a joint declaration of principles or anything else that requires Israel's legal obligation will be brought before the Knesset," Olmert told Mazuz. However, the prime minister went on to say that at this time, the outcome of talks with the Palestinians could not be evaluated. "We don't know if there will be an agreement, what the details of such an agreement will be or if it will be sufficient to bring for Knesset approval."

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