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Netanyahu says national referendum must okay peace deal


( If peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians reach fruition, the results will be brought to a national referendum vote among Israelis for ratification, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday at his weekly cabinet meeting.

“I believe that this is crucial; I don’t believe that decisions such as these can be taken – if a deal is reached – with one coalition or another, but rather this thing needs to be brought to the nation to decide,” Netanyahu said, according to Israel Hayom.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who has visited Israel and the Palestinian territories six times in fourth months, announced Friday that an agreement that “establishes a basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis” had been reached.


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