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Israel raises threshold to cede parts of Jerusalem, in peace deal

Israel set a higher threshold today for any future vote on ceding parts of Jerusalem to the Palestinians. The amendment to existing legislation passed by the Israeli parliament, raised from 61 to 80, the number of votes that would be required in the 120-seat Knesset, to approve any proposal to hand over part of the city to a ‘foreign party’. The amendment, long in the legislative pipeline, comes less than a month after US President Donald Trump angered the Palestinians, Middle East leaders and world powers by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
US negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have been frozen since 2014.