Defense Ministry: Referendum bill obstructs peace process

The land referendum bill that was passed by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Monday raises questions about the government's desire and ability to lead the diplomatic process, according to a statement released by the Defense Ministry.  
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government pledged to advance the peace process and this unnecessary bill serves as an obstacle to this process, the statement said. 
"The Israeli public wants a political process that focuses on security issues and an end to the conflict. The Ministerial Committee's decision fundamentally harms the possibility to realize this objective," Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in the statement.
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