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Jewish Home: No Referendum Law, No Budget Vote

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

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.

Peres Pushing Peace Talks, Ministers Argue He Shouldn’t Do Policy

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Israeli President Shimon Peres says that the Arab Peace Initiative constitutes a meaningful change and a strategic opportunity.

In his speech at the World Economic Forum in Jordan, Peres turned to the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, who is also participating in the conference, and told him that he is Israel’s partner in the peace process.

“We should not permit the hurdles to overcome us. History will judge us not by the process of negotiations, but by its outcome. The today obstacles will pale in the light of peace,” Peres said Abbas.

Peres stressed that he is convinced that the gaps that prevent the resumption of negotiations can be bridged and noted that the parties agree on how to finish: two states living side by side in peace, dignity and freedom – the state of the Jewish people, Israel and an Arab state of Palestine.

Peres earlier said that Israel and the Palestinians should not miss the opportunity created for peace, and work to overcome doubts. He said that the time for peace is now, and if this chance is missed, it could be replaced by a great disappointment. Peres said that he is aware of the difficulties but still thinks that you can establish an agreement with the Palestinians based on the two state principle.

A Jordanian journalist asked Peres if he is speaking on behalf of the Government of Israel and Peres replied, “I am an Israeli, and it just so happens that I’m also president of the State of Israel.”

But back home, few in government were amused. Minister Yuval Steinitz said the government is in charge of making policy decisions, and that any statement, especially on the eve of entering this kind of negotiations is not useful to Israel’s positions.

But the tone of Steinitz’s voice was a lot less restrained.

In response, Peres told reporters that he had spent two hours coordinating his message to the forum with Prime Minister Netanyahu, and that if Steinitz had a problem with it, then he had a problem with it.

Jewish Home chairman, Minister Naftali Bennett, said that he respects and appreciates the president, but it so happens that the great majority of Israelis strongly opposes withdrawal to the ’67 lines, because they understand that this would bring Hamas terror to the cities of central Israel.

“The Israeli public has experienced the results of the Oslo Accords and the thousands who were killed, and they have the good sense to know that the path to achieving peace and security is through strength and not through weakness and retreats,” Minister Bennett said.

Minister Uzi Landau of Yisrael Beiteinu quoted the late Foreign Minister Abba Eban, who said that the Israel’s 1967 borders were ‘Auschwitz borders.’ Before Sunday’s cabinet meeting, Landau said that Israel cannot give up its ability to defend itself, it must remain realistic and not build on pipe dreams.

Finally, Jewish Home Minister Uri Ariel commented that President Peres’s speech had no connection to the reality in Judea and Samaria—where some 400,000 Jews live in towns and villages, and another 300,000 in the neighborhoods of annexed East Jerusalem.

In an interview on Reshet Bet, Minister Ariel said that the president is allowed to express his opinion: “Everyone is allowed to dream and to say what he thinks.”

Ariel reminded listeners that Jews pray for peace three times a day and will continue to do so, but in the real world, when the Prime Minister Ehud Olmert wanted to give the Palestinians everything, Abbas fled the discussion..

Welcome to Israel, where internal clashes between left wing presidents and right wing governments are par for the course, where we have a special name for such clashes: Monday.

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