Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided not to bring to vote this week the United Jerusalem bill that is meant to make negotiations concerning the holy city’s future more difficult. The bill requires a majority of 80 Knesset members’ votes for any change to be made to Jerusalem’s stance. Those in Netanyahu’s vicinity worry that the bill could undermine US President Donald Trump’s administration.
United Jerusalem bill vote postponed Photo Credit: Flash90/Channel 2 News
In the wake of US President Donald Trump’s declaration regarding Jerusalem and as US Vice President Mike Pence’s Israel visit approaches, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided not to bring the United Jerusalem bill to a Knesset vote. The bill formulated by HaBayit HaYehudi is meant to make negotiations concerning the holy city’s future more difficult. The plan is to postpone voting on the bill at least until after Pence’s visit to Israel in a week.
According to the bill that was supposed to go through a second and third reading in the Knesset, a majority vote of 80 Knesset members is required for any changes to be made to the Israeli capital city’s stance or handing over any land in the future as part of a diplomatic agreement.
Netanyahu worries he could undermine the Trump administration Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Those in the Israeli prime minister’s vicinity believe that the bill could undermine the Trump administration and sabotage the promise that Netanyahu made to the US president that he would not agitate the area or change the status quo within the holy city.
This past July, the Israeli Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved the bill formulated by Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, which states that relinquishing Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem can only be approved with a majority vote of 80 Knesset members. The bill was finally approved by the committee following a disagreement between Netanyahu supporters and Bennett supporters.