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Dec 30, 2013

Proposed Law: Annex the Jordan Valley

Yesterday's law proposal has created quite a ruckus..

MK Miri Regev (Likud Beyteynu) proposed a law that would have Israel annex the Jordan Valley and take complete authority over it.

The Ministerial Legislative Committee voted 8 - 3 in favor of the annexation. 4 ministers have said they will appeal the vote - Tzippi Livni, Yair Lapid, Yael German and Yaakov Peri. The appeal sends the vote under the authority of PM Netanyahu , which basically kills the bill, as Netanyahu is expected to not allow it to be voted on again.

This proposal has generated a lot of anger... all those against it are saying that this bill would kill the peace process, it harms Israel's ability to negotiate, it makes Israel look bad and irresponsible, etc. On the other hand, it is being treated as a symbolic showing of support for the Jordan Valley - the towns there and their residents.

The best was Livni saying she has no respect for the bill or for the person who promoted it (Miri Regev). Regev, no slouch or pushover herself, thanked the ministers that helped pass her bill "despite Livni acting like a crybaby"...  As always, the Knesset provides the best show in town..

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