Daily Israel Report

Yesh Atid Minister Kills 'Life Sentence for Terrorists' Bill

Yaakov Perry files appeal against bill enforcing life sentences for terrorist prisoners. Jewish Home outraged.
By Ido Ben Porat and Elad Benari
First Publish: 5/13/2014, 12:13 AM

Yaakov Perry
Yaakov Perry
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Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Perry (Yesh Atid) is trying to shelve the law that was approved Sunday by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation and that would enforce life sentences for terrorist prisoners.

On Monday evening, Perry filed an appeal against the law, essentially burying it before it can be brought to the Cabinet for approval.

The law would amend one of the Basic Laws of Israel, which allows the President to pardon criminals, so that any convicted terrorist will not be able to be pardoned for his crimes under certain conditions.

The amendment seeks to allow the judges of the court during trials for nationalist murders, terrorist activity or any other heinous crime, to negate at the time of sentencing the possibility of providing future amnesty.

Perry’s move was met with outrage by the Jewish Home party, whose MK Ayelet Shaked proposed the bill along with MK David Tzur (Hatnua). Tzur co-sponsored the bill despite objection by the head of his party, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who insists the option of releasing mass-murderers should be kept open.

Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett slammed Perry’s move, saying it was a “mark of disgrace” on the entire Yesh Atid party.

"Every day that this law is delayed human life is in danger,” Bennett said. “We will use all the tools at our disposal, including burying laws proposed by Yesh Atid, until this law is passed. I do not have, nor will I have, any tolerance and patience for political games at the expense of laws that are essential for the security of Israeli citizens.”

MK Shaked also blasted Perry, saying it was unbelievable that a former head of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) would support releasing terrorists.

“Tonight the truth was revealed, that small politics are stronger than the blood of Israeli citizens," said Shaked, adding, "Minister Perry in the past expressed his support for the law, both to me and to my partner MK David Tzur, so his appeal is puzzling.”

Shaked said that Yesh Atid’s behavior is dictated by "narrow political considerations" and added, “How can the former head of the Shin Bet support releasing murderers?"

“We will use all the parliamentary tools at our disposal to pass this important and ethical bill," she declared.