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Daily Israel Report

Knesset Land-of-Israel Bills

Three bills have been proposed in the newly-begun summer session of the current Knesset, all with the goal of cementing the bonds between the People of Israel and Land of Israel.
First Publish: 5/6/2004, 10:09 AM / Last Update: 5/5/2004, 4:25 PM

Three bills have been proposed in the newly-begun summer session of the current Knesset, all with the goal of cementing the bonds between the People of Israel and Land of Israel. MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) proposed today a bill entitled "Setting Israel's Borders and Applying Israeli Sovereignty Within Those Borders." The proposal calls for defining Israel's borders as including all of the area currently under Israeli jurisdiction, from the Golan, through parts of the Shomron, the Jordan Valley, Judea and Gaza. In addition, the bill rules out the creation of any other sovereignty within those borders. Arabs who are not interested in living under Israeli sovereignty would be compensated.

As background explanation for the bill, MK Eldad wrote,
"The State of Israel faces a situation of unclear borders, and a considerable percentage of its citizens and residents of the areas under its control live in uncertainty... This harms the momentum of settlement in Yesha, and also causes the Arab residents in the region to hope that an independent Palestinian state will soon be established in this area, leading them not to cooperate with Israel, but rather to take part in terrorism against Israel."

A second bill proposed by MK Eldad, entitled "Unity of the Army," would require the approval of 2/3 of the Knesset - 80 Knesset Members - in order to employ the armed forces in law-enforcement missions not directly related to national security. The bill, if passed, would preclude the use of soldiers in removing outposts in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and would allocate police forces for such missions. Likud MK Ayoub Kara has proposed a similar bill.

Turning to other areas of Israel, four MKs of Shas and the National Union have proposed the "Improving the Demographic Balance in the Negev and Galilee" bill. The proposal calls for government encouragement of residential construction in these areas, with the aim of doubling the population there within ten years. The proposed measures include encouraging industry, lowering the price of land, and offering financial incentives to those moving into those regions.