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Labor MK Slams Bennett as Knesset Rejects 'Two State Law'

Knesset votes down MK Hilik Bar's bill to prevent annexation of Judea and Samaria. Bar to Bennett: Stop terrorizing the public!
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 1/9/2014, 4:45 AM

MK Hilik Bar
MK Hilik Bar
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The Knesset  on Wednesday rejected a bill by Labor MK Hilik Bar which would have shot down the bill to annex the Jordan Valley that was proposed by MK Miri Regev (Likud).

"The Two State Law" seeks to "ensure that the future of the disputed territories of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, will be determined only by agreement and as part of a two-state solution." 

The bill was voted down with 44 MKs opposed and only 25 in favor.

During the debate that preceded the vote, MK Bar slammed Economy Minister Naftali Bennett over his speech on Tuesday, in which he stated that the Jewish Home was against any withdrawal to the indefensible, pre-1967 lines.

Bar told Bennett that he should stop trying to terrorize the public and called on him to “stop claiming ownership of Zionism.”

"Your hallucinatory remarks are dangerous to the future of our children,” he charged, adding, “Stop claiming ownership of Zionism and stop claiming ownership of nationalism.”

"Most of the people of Israel want to divorce the Palestinian people," added Bar, who claimed that Bennett and his colleagues are “spoilers of Zionism."

"You and your friends take Israel and this coalition and this government as hostages,” Bar told Bennett. “Do not take ownership of the people of Israel because you are just part of the people and not the entire nation. You are not the people and certainly not the majority of the people! We, the rest of us, are the majority! The majority want peace. The majority want a two state solution.”

He continued, “The majority want a Jewish democratic state that does not control the fate of another nation. Most people in Israel want defined borders and not temporary borders which have been controversial for 70 years. I call on all members of the Knesset who believe in the two-state solution to support my proposal.”