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July 21, 2013 12:11 pm

Netanyahu Promises Referendum on Peace Deal: ‘It Must be Put to the People for a Decision’

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Prime Minister Netanayhu at his government's weekly cabinet meeting. Photo: Screenshot.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that any peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will be put to a public referendum.

“I believe that this is necessary. I do not think that such decisions can be made, if indeed an agreement is achieved, by this or that coalition process; it must be put to the people for a decision,” the Prime Minister said, speaking at his weekly Cabinet meeting.

Netanyahu also said that he has set two goals for the process itself: “one is preventing the creation of a bi-national state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, alongside preventing the establishment of another Iranian-sponsored terrorist state.”

He added: “We will need to find a balance between these two things, and our negotiating partners will also need to make concessions that will allow us to maintain our security and uphold our vital national interests.”

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