By Ted Belman
This is great news. To be sure Livni is against it because it undermines the Knesset as the decider. Afterall, they know better.
Erakat is against it as it “makes a mockery of international law”. What?
The Bill provides that if any agreement reached by the government which gives away part of Jerusalem or the Golan, it must be approved by a super majority of 72 votes. If it is approved by a simple majority only, it must be put to a referendum.
My only complaint is that the referendum should also require a super majority (60%) to approve it.
When Quebec had a referendum on whether to secede, I argued that a super majority should be reuired. When the Knesset voted in favour of Oslo, I similarly argued that a super majority should be necessary for such dramatic change.
So once again, I argue that the referendum should require a super majority.
CORRECTION: The referendum law applies to any land on which Israeli law applies, not just Jerusalem and the Golan. Thus if israel agreed to give some other Israeli land in exchange for the settlement blocks, the referendum law would apply.