Referendum Bill Passes First Reading

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - A bill requiring a referendum before any part of Israeli land is ceded passed its preliminary reading in the Knesset Monday.

The bill states that a Cabinet decision to cede land must be brought before the Knesset. If the Knesset approves such a decision, a national referendum must be held within 180 days.

The legislation applies to land under full Israeli sovereignty, which includes the Golan Heights and east Jerusalem.

"The Knesset conveyed a clear message to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Assad that Israel will not cede the Golan," said Likud MK Yisrael Katz, chairman of the Knesset's Golan Heights lobby.

According to media reports, the Olmert government has been in contact with Syria, via Turkish mediators, for nearly two years.

Source: YNet news

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