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Israel calls off Jerusalem settlement vote

No vote planned on Sunday on plans to extend city’s boundaries into the West Bank

    Two men standing in Jerusalem look out at the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, which is in the West Bank. Ministers have aborted plans to vote annexing the settlement into Jerusalem on Sunday
    Two men standing in Jerusalem look out at the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, which is in the West Bank. Ministers have aborted plans to vote annexing the settlement into Jerusalem on Sunday Getty Images

    Israeli ministers have stepped back from plans to widen Jerusalem’s borders and annex settlements situated in the West Bank.

    Ministers in the governing coalition were due to vote on the new municipal boundaries, which would be extended to include four nearby settlements, on Sunday.

    But Haaretz reported that it would now not go ahead, quoting a senior coalition figure as saying: “The current version of the... bill invites international pressure and involves difficult legal issues.

    “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cannot allow himself to advance this version at this time.”

    Transport Minister Yisrael Katz had proposed extending the jurisdiction to the nearby West Bank settlements of Ma’ale Adumim, Gush Etzion, Givat Ze’ev and Beitar Illit.

    But the practical effects were unclear because, under Mr Katz’s proposals, each settlement’s local council would remain in place.

    Sources told the JC that the move was designed to appease right wing calls for an annexation and ensuring a Jewish majority in Jerusalem.

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