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Netanyahu blocks vote to apply sovereignty throughout Judea and Samaria

The Judea and Samaria sovereignty bill, submitted by MK Yoav Kish (Likud) calls for “unrestricted construction and to extend Israeli law and sovereignty” throughout all Israeli-controlled areas in the West Bank.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on Jan. 28, 2018. Photo by Alex Kolomoisky/POOL.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on Jan. 28, 2018. Photo by Alex Kolomoisky/POOL.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday blocked a vote in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on a bill that would gradually apply Israeli sovereignty to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

The Judea and Samaria sovereignty bill, submitted by Knesset Member Yoav Kish (Likud) calls for “unrestricted construction and to extend Israeli law and sovereignty” throughout Israeli-controlled areas in the West Bank.

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation is responsible for determining which proposals are adopted by the majority-ruling coalition. Bills supported by the committee are effectively guaranteed passage in parliament.

Netanyahu blocked the committee’s vote on the bill, instructing that a vote would only take place if the proposal was first coordinated with the U.S. administration.

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