As expected, Chairman Naftali Bennett of Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party), called, Monday afternoon, for passage of a bill that would require a referendum to confirm any peace agreement into which Israel enters. Addressing the pre-plenum meeting of the party's Knesset faction, Bennett noted that coalition agreement called for advancement of such legislation 90 days after formation of the government. With Friday's announcement of the reopening of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, he said the time to go forward with the measure was now without delay.
Bennett stressed that people could not be naive about an agreement, which would have far-reaching implications on future generations, bearing in mind the nations heritage, which only the people can decide. He asked those who oppose a referendum what they have to fear, especially if they feel the people are on their side. He concluded by saying his party would only support the 2013-2014 budget if there is a referendum law.