Arab League slams Israeli bill banning Jerusalem talks

A recently approved bill would make negotiations over Jerusalem's future illegal without consent from 80 of the Knesset's 120 members.

Arab League slams Israeli bill banning Jerusalem talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Cairo-based Arab League has denounced Israeli draft legislation that would make it illegal to hold talks with Palestinians over the fate of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) without first obtaining two-thirds parliamentary approval.

"This bill is being drafted to sabotage the entire peace process," Arab League Assistant Secretary-General for Palestine Mohamed Sobeih told reporters late Wednesday.

A committee in the Knesset (Israel's parliament) recently approved a bill that would make any negotiations over the future of Jerusalem illegal without first obtaining the consent of 80 of the Knesset's 120 members.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War, later annexing it in a move not recognized by the international community.

The self-proclaimed Jewish state considers the whole of Jerusalem its "eternal, indivisible" capital. Palestinians, however, want East Jerusalem for the capital of their future state.

Israel and the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority resumed peace talks last month after a three-year hiatus resulting from Israel's refusal to stop building Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank.

Sobeih considered the proposed legislation as "part of the Israeli policy to undermine the peace process and derail a two-state solution."

"This draft law poses a serious threat to the peace process," Sobeih warned, adding that it would no doubt negatively impact final-status talks between the two sides.

If approved by the Knesset, the bill will become law.

Last Mod: 24 Ekim 2013, 16:17
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