The Knesset Law Committee on Sunday authorized a bill proposed by MK Danny Danon that would authorize the government to seize the property of terrorists. The seizure of the property would be an additional punishment for terrorists, whom Danon said are too often freed after only a short time in prison "as an Israeli confidence-building 'gesture,' or for other reasons," he wrote in an addendum to the bill. Danon said that the bill would be more effective than destroying terrorists' houses, which are often quickly rebuilt with help from international organizations.
The bill is similar to the Patriot Act in the United States, passed in 2001, which authorizes the US government to seize assets of terrorists. The bill would authorize the state to confiscate terrorist property not only within Israel proper, but in "security" or "administered" areas, such as at the security fence or in Judea and Samaria. "Let us hope that the desire of the 'martyr' to hold on to his home and property is sufficient to persuade them not to take part in terror attacks," Danon said.