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Bill curbing talks sparks Israel cabinet battle
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Jerusalem, Saudi Gazette - Israel’s chief peace negotiator Tzipi Livni Monday filed an appeal after ministers approved a bill aimed at curbing peace talks on the future of occupied Jerusalem, her spokeswoman said.

The draft law seeks to prevent any negotiations on the future of the city without first obtaining a two-thirds majority of 80 of the 120 members of the Israeli parliament.

 It was approved late on Sunday by a 5-4 majority within the nine-member ministerial committee responsible for preparing draft legislation to put to parliament.

 Livni, who serves as justice minister and heads the centrist HaTnuah, voted against the bill along with three other ministers, one from her party and two from the centrist Yesh Atid.

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