Israeli panel advances bill banning Jerusalem division

East Jerusalem

East Jerusalem

"And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places, thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in".

According to The Jerusalem Post, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the bill, allowing it to go to a vote in the Knesset, Israel's parliament.

Under the measure, the government could not sign any deal to hand over sovereignty of any part of Jerusalem to anyone - foreign government, agency or the Palestinian Authority - without the agreement of a minimum of an 80-vote majority of the 120-member Knesset.

Palestinians insist that any state established as part of a two-state solution should include East Jerusalem as its capital but Israel claims Jerusalem as its "undivided, eternal capital" and hardliners object to the city being partitioned. The bill, which has been dubbed the Jerusalem Law, passed despite the dispute between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and Bennett's Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi. Gaining the approval of three-fourths of the Knesset would be a hard task.

"Unity around the United Jerusalem Bill will strengthen our status in the world and prevent future pressure on Israel", he said on Sunday in response to the Committee's decision.