Jerusalem, June 6 – Israeli lawmakers overwhelmingly voted against a proposed bill that would have led to settlement expansion.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the vast majority of his cabinet were in Israel’s parliament (the Knesset) to vote against the proposed legislation.
The bill challenged a recent High Court of Justice ruling, which demanded the destruction of homes of settlers built on privately owned Palestinian land, in an area referred to as Ulpana.
Of the Knesset’s 120 members, 69 rejected the proposal with just 22 in favor.
The ballot showed clear support for the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary.
“There’s no way we can reject a High Court of Justice ruling,” government minister Benny Begin said during a heated debate in the Knesset plenum.