United Jerusalem Bill: Knesset changes law to make it harder to divide Jerusalem

The Knesset on Monday night passed an amendment that would make it harder to divide Jerusalem in any peace deal with the Palestinian Authority.

The legislation, sponsored by the Jewish Home party, raises to 80 from 61 the number of votes required in the 120-seat Knesset to approve any proposal to hand over part of the city to “a foreign party.”

The amendment, long in the legislative pipeline, was passed with 64 lawmakers voting in favor and 52 against.

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Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett said the vote showed that Israel would keep control of all of Jerusalem forever.

“There will be no more political skulduggery that will allow our capital to be torn apart,” Bennett said on Twitter.

Minister Zeev Elkin (Likud) welcomed the passing of the bill.

“I congratulate the Knesset on the approval by a large majority of the amendment to the Basic Law: Jerusalem, which strengthens the defensive wall against those on the left who may try to harm Israeli sovereignty in united Jerusalem in the future,” Minister Zeev Elkin (Likud), tweeted.