A bill that would prohibit the prime minister from negotiating with the Palestinians on the issues of Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees without prior consent from the Knesset was rejected Sunday by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation.
The bill, authored by Likud MK Miri Regev, would force the prime minister to seek parliamentary approval even to bring up the subjects during negotiations with the Palestinians.
The vote means that the bill will not have the backing of the coalition and will almost surely fail once it moves to the Knesset
Israeli leaders have often maintained that Jerusalem will remain undivided under any future accord with the Palestinians, though the Palestinians claim the eastern part of the city for their future capital. The issue of Palestinian refugees’ right of return, which Israel has similarly dismissed, is a key demand from Ramallah.
On December 18, a bill sponsored by United Torah Judaism’s Yaakov Litzman that would have required the support of a two-thirds majority of Knesset members for negotiations with Palestinians over the partition of Jerusalem was defeated in its preliminary reading.
There is already a law on the books requiring that any peace deal that relinquishes sovereign Israeli territory be put to a national referendum.
Regev was also the sponsor of a bill to annex the Jordan Valley that was approved December 29 by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came out against that bill, saying that it would violate Israel’s commitment not to make any unilateral moves.
Also Sunday, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill that would disallow any use of neo-Nazi symbols or slogans.
The bill’s author, MK Shimon Ohayon (Likud) said Israel must prohibit the use of Nazi symbols, just as many European countries do.
“As long as Israel does not prohibit such use of [Nazi] symbols, we cannot complain against such phenomena,” he said.