61 MKs Sign Anti-Golan Withdrawal Bill

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Sixty-one members of Knesset (MKs) from across the political spectrum signed a bill requiring a two-thirds parliamentary majority to improve ceding any part of the Golan Heights.

If passed, the new bill would require 80 Knesset members -- instead of a simple majority -- to vote in favor of any concessions on the Golan.

Members of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's coalition were among participants of the first meeting of the pro-Golan lobby.

MK Yoram Marciano (Labor) was the sole representative from his party at the meeting.

"I came here to support the Golan. I signed onto the bill," Marciano said. "I have signed onto your fight. I say 'no' to returning the Golan," he said.

Kadima MK Ze'ev Elkin was among five other signatories from the prime minister's party.

"There is no support for territorial concessions in the Golan, not in the [Kadima] party, not in the government and not in this Knesset," Elkin said.

"Kadima has no place for a leader who wants to give back the Golan," he said. "I will work to take him down if he pursues this course," he said.

National Union/National Religious Party MK Effi Eitam, who lives in the Golan Heights, said Knesset members who oppose withdrawal should support a no-confidence motion because you can't support the Golan and the government at the same time.

Source: The Jerusalem Post


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