Knesset Committee Approves Bill for Two-Thirds Majority to Negotiate Yerushalayim

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Knesset member Yaakov Litzman of United Torah Judaism seen at a Finance committee meeting in the Israeli parliament, during a discussion regarding 2013 budget changes December 16, 2013. (Flash 90)
Knesset member Yaakov Litzman of United Torah Judaism seen at a Finance committee meeting in the Israeli parliament, during a discussion regarding 2013 budget changes December 16, 2013. (Flash 90)

A bill requiring a two-thirds majority in the Knesset for negotiations to divide Yerushalayim was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation Sunday.

The proposal, by MK Ya’akov Litzman (UTJ), was brought back to a vote after Justice Minister Tzipi Livni appealed it in October.

Litzman’s bill mandates that 80 MKs are necessary to authorize any negotiations with the Palestinians on whether to give up any part of Yerushalayim.

Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On said “the vote reveals the true face of the Netanyahu government, which is committed to an ideology of the complete Land of Israel and wants to sabotage any future peace treaty.”

“The Netanyahu government sends Livni to negotiate, but at the same time allows the Knesset to put in preconditions that torpedo any possibility of negotiating on Yerushalayim. Even the Netanyahu government knows that there won’t be an agreement without dividing sovereignty in Yerushalayim,” Gal-On stated.

Litzman declined comment Sunday.