Live UpdateFrom the Liveblog of Sunday, June 18, 2017
Bennett submits bill requiring 2/3 Knesset majority to divide Jerusalem
Education Minister Naftali Bennett submits legislation that would require a special two-thirds Knesset majority on any decision to divide Jerusalem under a future peace deal with the Palestinians to the Knesset’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation for approval.
Bennett, who leads the pro-settlement Jewish Home party, wants to amend the Basic Law on Jerusalem so that votes to divide the city will require the approval of 80 of the 120 MKs to pass, as opposed to a regular majority.
“The purpose of this law is to unify Jerusalem forever,” Bennett says of his legislation in a statement. “Reaching a majority of 80 MKs in order to divide Jerusalem is impossible and has no feasibility in the Knesset, which is why this law is so important.”