The head of the parliamentary opposition Isaac Herzog criticized the bill, Minister of education and leader of the party «Bayt Yehudi» Naftali Bennett, according to which the decision on the division of Jerusalem may not be taken less than 80 Knesset members.
June 25, the bill should be referred to the Ministerial Committee on legislation. «Bennet with his own hands destroys the chances for peace and destroy the peace process — said the head of the opposition. Who in such a difficult time impose such baseless initiative, is not interested in Jerusalem. All it takes is the desire to destroy any chance for the peace process and at ensuring the future of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state».
«In practice, it is Netanyahu divides Jerusalem, and we join it in the framework of a political settlement,» added the Duke.
In response, Naftali Bennett said: «the Only way to achieve stable peace is at once to make it clear that Jerusalem is not a topic for negotiations».
Note that the bill Naftali Bennett is almost an exact copy of the bill, which was initiated in the Knesset of the 17th convocation of Likud Gideon Saar. Then, under the bill signed Benjamin Netanyahu, Gilad Erdan, Yisrael Katz, Yuli Edelstein, Moshe Kahlon, Yuval Steinitz. At the moment the Prime Minister does not speak about the proposed Bennett bill. In response to the appeal NEWSru.co.il Gideon Saar declined to comment on the initiative of the Minister of education.
The bill Naftali Bennett allows him to gain popularity among voters of the party «Bayt Yehudi», which many criticize the leader of the religious Zionists, who served as Minister in the government that restricts the construction in the settlements. If Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to freeze the bill against the background of attempts to resume negotiations with the Palestinian authority, Bennett will also receive a political advantage by accusing the Prime Minister’s unwillingness to support the initiative, guaranteeing the indivisibility of Jerusalem.
Recall that in 2014, the Knesset approved a bill according to which
a waiver of any part of the sovereign territory of Israel must be approved by a national referendum. Thus, the Bennett bill proposes to give the Knesset the authority to overrule the referendum.