Education Minister Naftali Bennett welcomed the approval of the Jerusalem Law in its preliminary reading in the Knesset plenum.
The Law requires a special majority of 80 MKs to approve the division of Jerusalem. Bennett was the initiator of the Law, while MK Shuli Mualem-Refaeli placed it on the Knesset table.
"Today we passed the United Jerusalem Law in a preliminary reading. This is very significant news so that we will never again reach a situation in which Ehud Barak hands Yasser Arafat the Temple Mount and three quarters of the Old City," Bennett told Arutz Sheva. "From now on, this will require 80 Knesset members, a solid Jewish majority - which will never happen, and therefore we are talking about the fortification of Jerusalem. "
Bennett said that the Arab world is fighting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to back down from the measures to increase security on the Temple Mount and to remove the magnetometers placed at the entrance gates to the Temple Mount.
"There is heavy pressure on the Prime Minister from all over the Arab world to back down over security on the Temple Mount. We are now in the process of placing magnetometers to restore security. We must not back down. Two policemen were murdered by terrorists on the Temple Mount. We are in the midst of a test of our resilience and we must not back down, and we must restore security to the Temple Mount,” Bennett stressed.