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Jewish Home: No Referendum Law, No Budget Vote

"It will prevent selling out in deals whole swaths of our homeland."
Jewish Home Minister Naftali Bennett and MK Ayelet Shaked demand a national referendum as a precondition for passing this year's budget.

Jewish Home Minister Naftali Bennett and MK Ayelet Shaked demand a national referendum as a precondition for passing this year's budget.
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Jewish Home chairman, Minister Naftali Bennett, is going to announce today, Monday, that his faction is conditioning passing the government budget, which is due by the end of July, on passing the National Referendum law.

Israel’s Basic Laws, the closest thing the country has to a constitution, do not provide for holding referendums, and the country has never held one. But back in 2008, the Knesset approved in its first reading a law that mandates a national referendum or a two thirds Knesset majority (80 MKs out of 120) before any territorial withdrawal. For the law to pass it required two more approvals in two consecutive readings.

MK Ayelet Shaked of Jewish Home said that every democratic country in the world provides for direct votes on critical issues. “It will prevent selling out in deals whole swaths of our homeland,” Shaked said. “Anyone who objects to a referendum does not trust the people.”

Bennett himself said in a closed meeting that the referendum would prevent a tear in the nation over the peace treaty.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday committed to a referendum in case of a peace deal becoming a reality. “Such a decision must be given to the nation to decide,” he said.

In Yesh Atid, Netanyahu’s other large coalition partner, headed by Minister Yair Lapid, there are misgivings over a referendum. The party definitely objects to anchoring a referendum in a constitutional-level law.

On Friday, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told the Jordanian newspaper A-Rai that any peace treaty with Israel will have to pass a national referendum on the Palestinian side, too.

Meanwhile, Senior Fatah official Nabil Shaath told ma’an on Sunday that the EU’s recent position on Israeli settlements contributed to the return to negotiations and had a positive impact on the US position.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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3 Responses to “Jewish Home: No Referendum Law, No Budget Vote”

  1. Stuart Wragg says:

    An elected government rules on behalf of the people of the country. On an issue such as this, a referendum is a definite must as to not hold a referendum risks a split in the nation

  2. Lloyd Bergner says:

    "This Land is ours, G-D gave this land to us" and never said anything regarding a referendum on HIS gift.

  3. Referendum is good I don't thing the people of Israel will vote suicide.

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