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Israel backs bill on majority vote for territorial withdrawal

Oct. 11, 2010 6:24 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 12, 2010 10:31 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli parliament's Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved a bill on Monday requiring a 60-MK majority and national consent on withdrawing from territory occupied by Israel in 1967.

The referendum bill on withdrawal from the Syrian Golan Heights and East Jerusalem mandates that any government decision be brought before Israeli citizens in a referendum, Israeli news site Ynet reported.

The bill specifies that the government must first approve such a move with a minimal majority of 60 Knesset members. Should the motion pass, a referendum would be held within 180 days.

However, should the motion pass with an 80-MK majority, a referendum would be possible, but not obligatory, the news site reported.

The private bill was submitted three years ago and even passed its first Knesset reading, before being suspended.
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