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Jerusalem Post: "Knesset passes J'lem-Golan National Referendum Law" & "Settlers buoyed by referendum legislation"

"The only reason it was passed was to put more barriers in front of any potential peace agreement. It was tailored to political considerations and not to constitutional ideas and ideals. This is not how constitutional work is done," Sfard said. (Michael Sfard is the attorney who would represent Peace Now)

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Jerusalem Post: "Knesset passes J'lem-Golan National Referendum Law"

By REBECCA ANNA STOIL

Bill approved by vote of 65-33 now requires either Knesset super-majority or a national referendum in order to hand over any annexed territories.

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The Knesset passed the National Referendum Law during a late-night session Monday, approving legislation that will fundamentally alter Israeli negotiators' ability to offer concrete peace deals involving the Golan Heights or east Jerusalem.

"A law like this will prevent irresponsible accords in the future, and on the other hand, will allow governments to pass with strong public support any agreement that will answer Israel's national interests," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in support of the legislation. The prime minister added that he was convinced that any accord he brought would get this backing.

Before the bill was even passed, Peace Now promised that it would appeal the law to the High Court of Justice, arguing that it was unconstitutional.

Read the entire article at http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=196373

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Jerusalem Post: "Settlers buoyed by referendum legislation"

By TOVAH LAZAROFF

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...attorney Michael Sfard, who would represent Peace Now if it petitioned the High Court against the law, warned that the settlers were celebrating prematurely.

"The only reason it was passed was to put more barriers in front of any potential peace agreement. It was tailored to political considerations and not to constitutional ideas and ideals. This is not how constitutional work is done," Sfard said.

Read the entire article at http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=196520