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Israel passes law to obstruct division of Jerusalem

Law makes supermajority required in order to relinquish Israeli sovereignty over any part of the Holy City

Jerusalem
Jerusalem

Israel’s parliament has passed a law requiring a supermajority to relinquish control over any part of Jerusalem, a move that could hamper the city’s division as part of a peace plan.

The amendment passed on Tuesday bars the government from ceding Israeli sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem without the approval of at least 80 of the legislature’s 120 members.

The law itself can be overturned with a simple majority, however, making it largely symbolic.

The Knesset passed the amendment amid heightened tensions following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Trump’s statement last month enraged Palestinians, who seek east Jerusalem as capital of a future state.

Most of the international community does not recognise Israeli sovereignty over east Jerusalem, which it captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

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