Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided on Sunday to nix a bill which could be perceived as a move toward annexing Judea and Samaria. The bill, drafted by Habayit Hayehudi MK Orit Struck, is meant to protect the rights of Israeli and Palestinian women living in Judea and Samaria who work for Israeli employers.
The bill was given the green light by a ministerial committee, but was brought to a cabinet discussion following opposition from Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Peri (Yesh Atid) and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnuah).
Netanyahu ruled that the principles of the law would be put into effect by an Israel Defense Forces general's directive, as is commonly done in the West Bank.
Israel and the Palestinians are currently in the middle of negotiations. Netanyahu's nixing of the bill could be seen as a move meant to ensure that the talks do not get derailed.