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Positive Moves Happening for Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL — The Knesset, Israel’s unicameral legislature, voted 64 to 51 on Tuesday to pass a law that was designed to prevent the government from entering into any agreement to divide the city of Jerusalem in future peace negotiations.

This law will now require any future settlement accord with the Palestinians to be submitted back to the Knesset for two-thirds approval if that agreement relinquishes any portion of Jerusalem to Palestinian control. The bill’s sponsor, Shuli Moalem-Refaeli said, “The State of Israel will not allow for the establishment of a Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem. The goal of the bill is to prevent concessions as part of diplomatic deals. Jerusalem will never be on the negotiating table.”

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