A new Knesset lobby was established Monday, to advocate for imposing the death penalty on terrorist murderers.
A new Knesset lobby, the Lobby for the Imposition of the Death Penalty on Terrorist Murderers, was formally established Monday evening. The first meeting of the lobby was held in the Knesset and chaired by Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara (Likud), on the same day the second murderer in the Fogel family massacre was convicted.
Kara said the lobby will advocate changes in the military and civil law books, to make it possible to impose the death penalty on terrorist murderers. This lobby will advance the laws in coordination with the government, he said, while rallying a large public consensus in their favor.
Professor Avraham Gil, who will coordinate the lobby's activity, said at the session: "We are not thirsty for blood. On the contrary, we are acting for life and for the defense of our rights to live in peace and quiet. The terrorists' cruelty forces us to take preventative steps, and this move is vital for deterrence. This was proven in the U.S.: when the death penalty was abolished in the 70s the murder rate rose, and when in was brought back in the 80s the murder rate went down by more than 50 percent."