Knesset passes bill conditioning land concessions with popular referendums – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

The Knesset passed into law on Monday a bill conditioning any retreat from territories Israel considers to be under its sovereignty upon the holding of a popular referendum.

Livni said earlier Monday that Netanyahu was attempting to pass on the decision of whether or not to relinquish land as part of a future peace deal since he is too weak to make that decision himself.

Referring to the upcoming vote, Livni said that her party, Kadima, would vote against the bill, saying that the issue at hand was essential, one which has “nothing to do with who wants or doesn’t want to give up portions of Israel.”

“Those are the kind of decisions taken by a leadership which understands the gravity of the issues at hand, from all sides,” Livni said, adding she felt Netanyahu was “a weak prime minister” who was comfortable with passing on responsibility.

The Kadima leader added that any decision of the kind the bill discussed “would be tied to considerations that are not always made public, and then the public is expected to understand everything.”

“It has nothing to do with right-wing or left-wing but on decision making in a democracy, where there is only one referendum and that’s a general election,” Livni said, adding that the premier “should say the same things both before and after those elections.”

via Knesset passes bill conditioning land concessions with popular referendums – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News.

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