The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved on Sunday a bill by MK Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi), which would prevent terrorists from filing lawsuits against the State of Israel.
The bill, introduced by Shaked in Feburay, will thwart any possibility that nationals from enemy countries could sue the State of Israel for damages.
The bill has come to be known as the “Dirani Law,” named after Mustafa Dirani, a Hizbullah terrorist who held missing IAF navigator Ron Arad for several years and was believed to have information on what happened to him.
Dirani was abducted by the IDF as a bargaining chip for Arad and was returned to Lebanon in 2004 as part of a swap with Hizbullah, in exchange for the bodies of three soldiers who were kidnapped near the Lebanese border in 2000 and abducted Israeli citizen Elchanan Tenenbaum.
The moment he set foot back on Lebanese soil, Dirani announced that he was re-enlisting in Hizbullah to destroy Israel.
He has filed a lawsuit against Israel, for damages he claims he suffered during his imprisonment.
In July of 2011, the High Court of Israel allowed Dirani to sue Israel for 6 million shekels in damages, rejecting the State’s argument that the British law that prevents enemy aliens from suing the State in its own courts applies to the case. Israeli law, the judges said, “grants special status to the right to approach the courts and to a person’s basic right to protection of his body and dignity.”
The purpose of Shaked’s bill is to change the existing law, which states that terrorists and nationals from enemy countries cannot sue Israel for acts that took place after 2000, but are still allowed to sue Israel for incidents that occurred before that.
The “Dirani Law” will be brought to a vote in a preliminary reading in the Knesset this week.
"The role of the legislature to enact clear rules that do not leave loopholes for interpretation,” said Shaked following Sunday’s discussion. “In no civilized country can nationals of an enemy state sue for damages, and here in Israel it should also not be possible to do so.”