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Netanyahu fast-tracking peace referendum bill

JERUSALEM — Israel’s premier said Monday he is fast-tracking legislation that would allow him to put any peace deal with the Palestinians to a national referendum, an apparent attempt to silence hard-liners in his party and coalition government.

Benjamin Netanyahu spoke three days after US Secretary of State John Kerry said progress has been made toward a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, which have been stalled for five years.

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