Coalition heads delay settlement annexation bill following Syria clashes

Citing the security incidents on Israel’s northern border over the weekend, heads of coalition parties pull legislation aimed at annexing Israeli settlements in the West Bank from the agenda of a meeting to set this week’s legislative timetable.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu removed the bill from the agenda of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, slated to meet later today to vote on whether to support upcoming legislation. The coalition heads’ meeting was expected to discuss reinstating a vote on the so called Sovereignty Bill.

The proposal, drafted by Yoav Kisch (Likud) and Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) seeks to apply Israeli sovereignty over all areas of Jewish settlement in the West Bank, which are currently under military rule.

It will now likely be pushed off until next week’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation meeting.

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