Referendum Bill Moves Forward

YERUSHALAYIM -

While the release of terrorist prisoners ahead of peace talks was decided by the Cabinet on Sunday, the Cabinet agreed during the same session to submit peace agreements with the Palestinians that entail territorial concessions to a national referendum.

The bill is scheduled to be brought to the Knesset for a vote on Wednesday.

“Any agreement, if it is achieved in negotiations, will be brought as a referendum. It is important that every citizen will directly vote on fateful decisions like these that determine the future of the state,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said during the meeting.

The only two ministers to oppose the bill were Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz, both from the Movement party.

The bill does not, however, require a referendum on an agreed transfer of parts of Yehudah and Shomron to the Palestinians, although there is support extending the referendum proviso to that region as well, The Jerusalem Post reported.