Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu explained his support for the Referendum bill which passed Wednesday night by a vote of 68 - 0. "When you come to make a decision so crucial, you must go to the people," he stated.
The previously existing Referendum law requires that territorial compromises be subject to a Knesset vote. While the law does not apply to Judea and Samaria, it does apply to other crucial areas discussed in international negotiations, including parts of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. Those areas will not be relinquished unless a majority - 61 MKs or more - approve via a national referendum vote. MKs hope the law will also serve as a template for a future bill requiring a vote on territorial concessions in Judea and Samaria.