Golan annexation voted down in Israel
Israel's parliament, in a session boycotted by many government and opposition members, Wednesday defeated a bill to annex the occupied Golan Heights of Syria. The measure was voted down 45-14 with five abstentions in the 120-member house. Fifty-six legislators, including Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir and opposition Labor Party leader Shimon Peres, boycotted the debate.Skip to next paragraph
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But Agriculture Minister Ariel Sharon defied the government decision to oppose the bill and voted for it. The negative vote on the preliminary reading effectiv ely killed the bill.