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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Olmert breaking the law on Jerusalem

Here's an interesting angle to Prime Minister Ehud K. Olmert's efforts to divide Jerusalem. They're illegal. Not that Olmert has ever been bothered by breaking the law before....
Two Jerusalem organizations have sent a letter to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, reminding him that discussions with US President Bush or PA Chairman Abbas regarding a possible division of Jerusalem are in violation of Israeli law.

A prominent lawyer for the Victims of Arab Terror (VAT) and Twenty-Four Shifts organizations penned the letter, warning Olmert that if he does not announce an end to all talks over the future of Jerusalem, he will be considered in violation of the law.

In his letter, Attorney Baruch Ben-Yosef makes the point that Clauses 5 and 6 of one of Israel's cardinal laws - Basic Law: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel - mean that Jerusalem's status as the united and sole capital of Israel may not be compromised.

The first clause of the law in question, passed in 1980 under Prime Minister Menachem Begin and President Yitzchak Navon, states, "Jerusalem, whole and united, is the capital of Israel." Clause 5 stipulates the precise area of Jerusalem, while Clause 6 states, "No authorities relating to the area of Jerusalem and that is in the legal purview of the State of Israel or the Municipality of Jerusalem shall be transferred to any foreign political or governmental element, whether permanently or for a set period."

Clause 7 states that Clauses and 5 and 6 may not be changed except if another Basic Law is accepted by the majority of the Knesset.
It's a nice try. But if Ben Yosef brings a lawsuit you can bet that our leftist court system will tie it up in delays until Olmert can present a fait accomplis.


At 6:49 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - agreed. In Israel, treason is respectable. The government has never had to worry about voter retaliation if they get around to breaking the law and they won't worry now. They've been breaking laws in Israel left and right for a decade now. So who cares the law says you can't give away Jerusalem? Not Ehud Olmert.


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