The bill aimed at making it easier to prevent the division of Jerusalem in a future peace deal with the Palestinians has been approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation. The bill, dubbed the Jerusalem Law, will be brought in front of the Knesset for a vote soon.


Jerusalem Photo Credit: Hadas Parush/Flash 90

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved on Sunday the bill proposed by Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett that requires a majority of at least 80 MKs to pass any decision to remove Israel’s sovereignty from any place in Jerusalem. The bill, which has been dubbed the Jerusalem Law, passed despite the dispute between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and Bennett’s Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi.

The bill was expected to win widespread support from the coalition but two weeks ago, a dispute erupted among the committee members when the Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi ministers discovered that the Likud ministers were demanding that they be allowed to use Netanyahu’s veto right during the bill’s various legislation phases if deemed necessary. In the end, Netanyahu used his veto right and postponed the vote on the bill.

Bennett was opposed to the Likud’s demand and adamant that the bill be put to a vote in its current form. “It’s unfortunate for us that narrow political considerations are prevailing over the prevention of dividing Jerusalem,” Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi said in a statement. “We will continue to fight to pass this bill and will make every effort to advance the bill within the next few days.”