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Cabinet Discussing How to Avoid More Shalit Deals

Diplomacy-security cabinet debating Shamgar Committee recommendations on how to deal with abductions.
By Hezki Ezra, Gil Ronen
First Publish: 6/5/2014, 5:16 PM

MK Ayelet Shaked
MK Ayelet Shaked
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The ministers who are members of the diplomacy-security cabinet convened Thursday to debate the recommendations of the Shamgar Committee on how to deal with abductions like that of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, whom Israel wound up ransoming with over 1,000 Palestinian Arab terror prisoners.

Jewish Home faction whip MK Ayelet Shaked told Arutz Sheva that the discussion is an accomplishment for her party, and an indication that the government will vote on her party's bill for preventing the release of terrorist prisoners, in its session Sunday.

The bill was supposed to come up for a vote in last Sunday's cabinet session, but Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decided to postpone that vote, to the Jewish Home's dismay. He said that the government would discuss the bill together with the Shamgar Committee report, which was filed in 2012, after the committee held discussions for about four years. Both the Shamgar Committee and the bill for preventing the release of terrorist prisoners are seen as attempts to prevent mass releases of terrorists in exchange for few Israeli captives, and to dissuade terrorists from using abductions as a tool to gain the release of their jailed comrades.

The bill would enable a judge sentencing a terrorist to a life sentence, to stipulate that no pardon can be issued to shorten the sentence. Until now, terror prisoners released in deals with terror groups have been released through the signing of presidential pardons.

"The law for preventing the release of terrorist murderers will not stop a diplomatic process, but it will limit the release of particularly cruel murderers,” explained Shaked.

"A judge during sentencing will be able to issue a life sentence without pardon” she added. “This is a proper punishment that exists in many countries in the world, including countries that do not release terrorists wholesale, like the US, Italy and Britain."

Shaked said that she believes Netanyahu will indeed bring the billl to a vote Sunday and that “it will pass with a large majority.”