The Palestinians and Iran have slammed Israel's new law which will make it harder for Tel Aviv to withdraw from the annexed territories of East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
On Monday, the Israeli Parliament passed a law under which withdrawal from East Jerusalem or Golan Heights would be possible only on the basis of a two-thirds approval from Parliament. In case a super-majority in Parliament fails to approve the withdrawal, a referendum will be held on the proposal.
Palestinians who want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state have rejected the Israeli move. “Ending the occupation of our land is not and cannot be dependent on any sort of referendum,” chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said. He added: “With the passage of this bill, the Israeli leadership, yet again, is making a mockery of international law.”
Ghassan Khatib, director of the Palestinian Government Media Centre, told Israel's Ynet news that Monday's vote “critically damages the possibility of reviving the peace process”. He added that the “vote adds obstacles to the possibility to renew the peace process, and what we need is to remove obstacles — not to add new ones”.
Iran's state-run Press TV quoted analysts as saying “the new law will kill any possibility for the resumption of the talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), which were broken off due to Tel Aviv's construction and expansion of illegal Jewish settler units on occupied Palestinian territories”.