Amid tensions surrounding the US’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Israeli Knesset passed an amendment to a law known as the “Jerusalem Law,” according to which a majority of 80 Knesset members will now be needed to pass any change in Jerusalem’s status or territory.







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The Knesset passed an amendment to what is known as the “Jerusalem law” on Tuesday, according to which a majority of 80 Knesset members will now be required to pass any change in the status of the city or its borders. The law originally called for a majority of 61 Knesset members.

The “Jerusalem Law” bill was submitted by HaBayit Hayehudi party’s Naftali Bennett and Shuli Mualem, and was passed in July. Reactions to the vote have been varied, with some criticizing the timing of the amendment amid tensions surrounding the city. “We don’t need more laws about Jerusalem, we have already seen what is happening in the Temple Mount,” said MK Nachman Shai on Tuesday.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett said in a post on his twitter account on Tuesday that the law “safeguards Jerusalem so that it will not be able to be divided,” and called the occasion “a celebratory day for Israel.”