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New Israeli law spells doom for talks
Tue, 23 Nov 2010 02:06:22 GMT
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the approval of the bill.
Israel has passed a bill into law that conditions the restoration of any occupied land to its Arab owners on the approval of Israeli parliamentarians or a referendum.

On Monday, the Israeli parliament (Knesset) approved the bill by a vote of 65 to 33 with no parliamentarian abstaining, AFP reported.

The law stipulates that any agreement returning occupied lands to their rightful owners would have to be endorsed by a two-thirds majority of the Knesset.

If such a supermajority could not be attained in the Israeli parliament, such a proposal would be subject to a national referendum, the state-run BBC reported.

Without one of these endorsements, no signatory in a deal for the return of occupied lands would be able to act on its provisions.

The law affects the Palestinian territory of East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Syria's Golan Heights, which were occupied by Israel in 1967, as well as the other territories which Tel Aviv has claimed as its own through occupation.

Pundits say the new law will kill any possibility for the resumption of the talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), which were broken off due to Tel Aviv's construction and expansion of illegal Jewish settler units on occupied Palestinian territories.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sounded upbeat about the approval of the bill.

“The Israel public is involved, informed and responsible,” said a statement from his office.

However, some Israeli MPs opposed the decision, with Haim Oron, the head of the left-wing opposition Meretz party, saying the move was meant to make sure that no talks would ever bear fruit.

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