Israeli lawmakers pass law to hamstring dividing Jerusalemhttps://indianexpress.com/article/india/israeli-lawmakers-pass-law-to-hamstring-dividing-jerusalem-5008692/

Israeli lawmakers pass law to hamstring dividing Jerusalem

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.

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Protesters march through the streets of Chicago’s famed Loop to protest President Trump’s announcement declaring U.S. support for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the moving of the U.S. embassy, on December 7, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo)

Israel’s parliament has passed a law requiring a supermajority to relinquish control over any part of Jerusalem, a move that could hamstring 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 President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reports AP.

Trump’s statement last month enraged Palestinians, who seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. Most of the international community doesn’t recognize Israeli sovereignty over east Jerusalem, which it captured in the 1967 Mideast war.

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