Move to Annex Jordan Valley

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The Jordan Valley overlooking the Kineret. (wik)
The Jordan Valley overlooking the Kineret. (wik)

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation voted on Sunday to move forward a bill that would enable Israel to annex the Jordan Valley, thus putting it out of reach of negotiations with the Palestinians, Arutz Sheva reported.

Four ministers voted in favor of the law proposed by Likud MK Miri Regev. Three opposed it.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, chief negotiator with the Palestinian Authority (PA) branded it as “an irresponsible proposal that will harm Israel and isolate it.”

“Some of those who supported the bill would have opposed it, if they had known it would pass,” she added. “They are taking advantage of the fact that I will file an appeal and do the work for them.”

The Coalition usually follows recommendations from the Ministerial Committee for Legislation. However, Livni’s appeal will force the Committee to hold a revote in the coming weeks, and ultimate passage is doubtful.