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July 28, 2013 11:08 am

Israel Cabinet Approves Bill to Call National Referendum to Approve Any Land Swaps for Peace Deal

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

Times of Israel – The cabinet approved on Sunday a bill that requires a public referendum on any future peace deal with the Palestinians that would have Israel give up sovereign territory. The bill covers all of Israel, the Golan Heights, and East Jerusalem, but does not relate to the West Bank, which was never annexed by Israel.

“I believe that resuming the political process at this time is important for Israel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before the vote. “Every agreement reached in negotiations will be determined in a referendum. It is important that in fateful decisions like these every citizen will vote directly in matters that determine the future of the state.”

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