Dr. Aaron Lerner 21 April 2020
28. The Prime Minister and the Alternate Prime Minister will work together and coordinated to promote peace agreements with all of our neighbors and promote regional cooperation in a variety of economic areas and the matter of the corona crisis.
With regard to everything to President Trump’s declaration, the Prime Minister and Alternate Prime Minister will act in full agreement with the United States, including with regard to the maps with the US and international dialogue on the issue, all while pursuing the security and strategic interests of the State of Israel and the need for maintaining regional stability, maintaining the peace agreements and striving for future peace agreements.
29. Notwithstanding Article 3, Article 20, Article 21 and Article 28 above, and after a discussion and consultation are held between the Prime Minister and the Alternate Prime Minister on the principles set out above, the Prime Minister will be able to bring the agreement reached with the United States on the application of sovereignty as of 1.7.2020 for discussion in the cabinet and government and for approval by the government and/or the Knesset.
If the Prime Minister wants to bring his proposal to the Knesset, he can also do so through an MK, provided that he is from the Likud faction, who would commit at the preliminary reading that the legislation be amended to the same wording as presented by the Prime Minister in the cabinet and government. After the preliminary reading, and if it is a government bill after the first reading, the law will be passed as soon as possible, in the quickest possible way, and in a way that will not disrupt and delay the process by the chairman of the Knesset Committee and the Knesset committee to debate it is the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
Subject to the foregoing, the Appendix on the Coalition’s Ways of Operation shall not apply for the purposes of this article.
Article 29 does not provide for the government to vote to accept the “Deal of the Century” but instead provides for Israel to be able to apply sovereignty to the areas which are designated in the agreed Trump map as being part of sovereign Israel in any deal once the map is finalized with the Trump Administration. And there is a profound internal logic to this arrangement. The Trump map delineates areas which are certain in a final deal to be Israeli or Palestinian and leaves a huge area up for grabs. If indeed Israel applies Israeli law in July to the areas which are certain in a final deal to be Israeli, this will send a strong message to the Palestinians that time is not on their side and that if they are not forthcoming that they will find themselves also ultimately losing the territory designated as up for grabs.