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Palestinians decry Israel law change making it harder to cede control of Jerusalem
Posted: Posted January 4th by Kaot0

Palestinians decry Israel law change making it harder to cede control of Jerusalem
Israel's parliament has passed an amendment that would make it harder for it to cede control over parts of Jerusalem in any peace deal with the Palestinians, who condemned the move as undermining any chance to revive talks on statehood.

Key points:
Legislation increases number of votes required to hand over part of city to "a foreign party"
Amendment was sponsored by far-right Jewish Home party
Palestinian spokesman said passage of amendment is "declaration of war"
The legislation, sponsored by the far-right Jewish Home coalition party, raises to 80 from 61 the number of votes required in the 120-seat Knesset to approve any proposal to hand over part of the city to "a foreign party".

Last month US President Donald Trump angered the Palestinians, Middle East leaders and world powers by recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

As home to major Muslim, Jewish and Christian holy sites, Jerusalem's status is one of the most sensitive issues in the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Mr Trump's December 6 decision sparked regional protests and prompted the Palestinians to rule out Washington as a peace broker in any future talks.

Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, described Mr Trump's policy shift on Jerusalem and the passage of the amendment as "a declaration of war against the Palestinian people".

"The vote clearly shows that the Israeli side has officially declared an end to the so-called political process," Mr Abu Rdainah said, referring to US-sponsored talks on Palestinian statehood that collapsed in 2014.

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(MENAFN - Jordan Times) OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Israel's parliament on Tuesday gave final approval to legislation aimed at making it more difficult for the government to hand the Palestinians parts of Jerusalem under any future peace deal.

The bill, approved by a 64 to 51 vote, is the latest blow to remaining hopes for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' office said US President Donald Trump's recent declaration of occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the new Israeli law amounted to a 'declaration of war'.
Formulated by Shuli Moalem-Refaeli of the far-right Jewish Home Party, the new law comes weeks after Trump's decision on Jerusalem sparked deadly protests in the Palestinian territories.

It also follows a vote earlier this week by the central committee of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party in favour of extending Israeli sovereignty over settlements in the occupied West Bank.
The Likud vote was nonbinding, but was a further expression of the hopes of many right-wing Israelis who oppose the creation of a Palestinian state.


Edited January 4th by Kaot0
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