Israel`s rulers push new peace referendum bill

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 23:38

Jerusalem: A spokeswoman for Israel`s ruling Likud Party says Parliament could vote as early as next week on a bill requiring a national referendum on any peace deal with the Palestinians.

Michal Gerstner said on Tuesday that Israel already has a referendum law. The bill would shield the referendum idea against legal challenges.

Existing law calls for a referendum if the government cedes land under Israeli sovereignty, including east Jerusalem, annexed by Israel after the 1967 Mideast war and claimed by the Palestinians as a capital.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he`ll fast-track the bill to prevent a rift in Israeli society.

Critics say a referendum adds an obstacle to the process. US Secretary of State John Kerry has said he has made progress toward restarting long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.


First Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 23:38

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