Vote on Golan referendum bill delayed until next week at PM's request

Vote on Golan Heights re

The Knesset's Ministerial Legislation Committee on Sunday decided delay a vote on the Golan Heights National Referendum Bill until next week, at the request of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The bill would require that any return of land under administrative and judicial authority of the State of Israel pass a national referendum as well as secure government and Knesset approval. Territories that would mandate a referendum include the Golan Heights and any part of Jerusalem within the municipal boundaries. The bill does allow the government to avoid such a referendum in the event that the concession passes the Knesset by a two-thirds majority, or in a case when, within 180 days after the Knesset approves a government decision, a general election is held. Rebecca Anna Stoil contributed to this report