JERUSALEM, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- An Israeli ministerial committee on Sunday axed a controversial bill proposal to annex settlements in the West Bank situated on Palestinian territories and apply Israeli law unto them, Israeli media reported.
The majority of the ministers voted against the bill, proposed by Miri Regev, a Likud parliament member, except for members of the settlers-oriented Jewish Home Party, who voted in favor of the bill, the Jerusalem Post reported.
The hawkish and controversial bill suggested applying Israeli law to all the Israeli settlements located in the West Bank, on territories Israel annexed following the 1967 Mideast War, as well as the settlements' surround area and roads leading to them.
The bill also charges that the government should be prohibited from halting the construction in the settlements, amid the negotiations with the Palestinians.
Last week, Regev wrote on her Facebook page that the bill is aimed at keeping Jewish settlements under Israeli sovereignty within any future peace agreement or in the case of an unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood.
"Unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state would have an immediate and fateful impact on the daily lives of Israeli citizens living in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (the Jewish biblical names for the West Bank)," Regev said. "We have an obligation to protect the lives of people living in these communities," she added.
Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have resumed in July after a three-year halt, mostly due to the incessant efforts put in by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to reach historic peace in the region.
Kerry is working on introducing a framework agreement to outline the future progress of the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in the course of the upcoming year.
There have been recent statements made against Kerry, especially after he warned Israel of a growing boycott against it in the world if it won't achieve peace with the Palestinians, by hawkish right-wing members of the Israeli coalition, which were blasted by the U.S. State department last week.
The peace talks are overshadowed by Israel's ongoing settlements expansion and stern security demands, whereas Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blames the situation of the talks on the Palestinian incitement against Israel and its refusal to acknowledge it as a Jewish state.