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Education and Diaspora Affairs Minister and chairman of the Bayit Yehudi party Naftali Bennett

Education Minister Naftali Bennett says his Jewish Home faction intends to table a motion this week to require a supermajority of 80 Knesset members to approve any measure calling for the division of Jerusalem.

“This week we will put forward the bill to prevent the division of Jerusalem without a majority of 80 Members of Knesset,” Bennett said Sunday at the start of Sunday’s government meeting.


“I am convinced the entire coalition and sensible opposition will join forces behind this important legislation.

“Timing is crucial, since it is important to make clear, before the start of a diplomatic process, that Jerusalem will never be divided under any circumstance,” Bennett said.

The Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) leader said former prime ministers Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert had both) agreed in previous years to divide the city.

“The ideas put forward by Ehud Barak in the year 2000 and Ehud Olmert in 2007, to hand the Old City, Temple Mount and the Mount of Olives to the Palestinians are obsolete,” Bennett said. “I am certain the bill will pass easily.”