The bill proposes to include in the capital district adjacent to the settlements, aimed at strengthening the status of Jerusalem as the unified and indivisible capital of Israel. Monday, July 10, he was transferred to the Knesset.
The bill was initiated by the Minister of transport and reconnaissance Israel Katz, and submitted on behalf of the Deputy job keisha (Likud), since, according to the regulations, the Minister may submit only the bills that are within the scope of his Department.
«Annexation to Jerusalem of the settlements located near the capital, would send a clear message to anyone who tries to challenge the connection of the Jewish people with Jerusalem and the city’s belonging to the people of Israel,» said Katz.
As explained by Minister Yisrael Katz, the law will allow to extend Israeli jurisdiction over the settlements of the so-called «greater Jerusalem»: Maale Adumim, Givat Zeev, Beitar Illit, Efrat and other settlements of gush Etzion, the total population of which is about 150 thousand Israeli citizens.
According to the initiator of the draft law, Jerusalem and its suburbs will be part of a large metropolis, like existing in the world the models such as Grand Paris, greater London.
«Under the bill, the municipal independence of each of the local authorities will be maintained. The residents of localities which fall under the jurisdiction of Jerusalem, will be entitled to double voting of deputies of the city Council in greater Jerusalem and in local government. The law also will allow to consolidate the status of Jerusalem to the largest Israeli metropolis that will provide the opportunity to engage in important issues that concern the entire population,» — said the Minister.
Katz also informed that the MK Yoav Kish, Chairman of the parliamentary Commission for the Affairs of the Knesset, has accelerated the process of considering this bill. The document will be submitted to a vote by the inter-Ministerial legislative Committee on Sunday, July 16. «I intend to make every effort to ensure that the bill was approved, and expect all who consider themselves Zionist parties to support the bill,» said Minister Yisrael Katz.