Daily Israel Report

Lieberman: Referendum a Bad Idea

Yisrael Beyteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman said that he opposed holding a referendum on withdrawal from Judea and Samaria
By David Lev
First Publish: 4/29/2013, 4:10 PM

MK Avigdor Lieberman
MK Avigdor Lieberman
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Yisrael Beyteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman said that he opposed a proposal by ministers Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid that any peace deal be brought to the people for a referendum vote. “I am opposed to referenda in general,” Lieberman told reporters. “I do not like this formula, which allows people to weigh in on serious decisions in a flippant manner.”

Bennett and Lapid are considering proposing a law in the Knesset that would require a referendum for any proposed withdrawals from Israeli administered land in Judea and Samaria. The idea was said to be Bennett's originally, but with Lapid's support the government is likely to approve it. Justice Minister, Tzipi Livni, who is also in charge of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, slammed the idea, saying that the government had already received a mandate to negotiate and make a deal with the PA.

Lieberman also told reporters that he supported the idea of requiring hareidi schools to teach core curriculum subjects. Yisrael Beyteinu “will support the passage of the arrangements law that requires all schools to teach core curriculum. We cannot allow the continuation of the independent hareidi Chinuch Atzma'i system in its present form.”