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Bill: Life Sentence without Parole for Terrorists

Jewish Home Chairman vows to vote for bill, which is already being threatened with an appeal by Tzipi Livni. 'We will not relent,' he says.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 5/9/2014, 12:52 PM

Ramallah residents prepare for return of freed terrorists
Ramallah residents prepare for return of freed terrorists
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Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) Chairman and Economics Minister Naftali Bennett took to Facebook Friday over a landmark bill being proposed in the Knesset.

If passed, the bill - which was drafted in December - could prevent the recent trend of terrorist releases from continuing as a political norm.  

"The murderers of tomorrow will pay close attention to the government on Sunday," Bennett began. "On Sunday morning we will discuss a new bill sponsored by MK Ayelet Shaked that will give murderers a life sentence without the possibility of parole." 

"The proposal will allow the court to determine that the sentence will be final and that the murderer has no possibility of parole," he explained. "It is a tool that does not exist in Israel, and can be found in many countries. Life sentence without parole."

Bennett applied the law to other circumstances as well.

"This can have an immediate impact," he said, "for example on Shelly Dadon's murderers when they stand for judgment."

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni already announced her opposition to the bill earlier Friday, a move Bennett sharply criticized. 

"Justice Minister Tzipi Livni announced that she will oppose the law because it will hurt the ability of future governments to maneuver," he stated. "Tzipi – That is the goal of this bill. To disconnect the release of terrorists from diplomatic issues, there is no connection between them."

Bennett then explained the situation like it is.

"Israeli governments have proven in recent decades that they can’t withstand the pressure and have released repeatedly murderous terrorists," he noted. "Terrorists; it is not a matter of political debate between the right and the left."

"The murderers of tomorrow are looking at us and will understand very well what our message is to them if this proposal will pass, and certainly what our message is if this proposal does not pass," he declared. 

Bennett vowed to ensure that the bill passes, noting that Jewish Home has opposed terrorist releases repeatedly over the past several months. 

"We will fight for this bill until it becomes the law," he vowed. "We will not relent, we will not give up, until we stop this immoral thing called releasing murderers, for good."