'From Now On, Terrorists Will Die in Prison'

Jewish Home Chairman lauds 'life without parole' bill approval, saying 'Israel's security policy is returning to sanity.'

Cynthia Blank,

Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett
Flash 90

After the Knesset's approval Monday night for the second and third readings of the "terrorist law" or "life without parole" bill, Jewish Home Chairman and Minister of Religious Affairs, Naftali Bennett took to Facebook excitedly. 

The bill, if passed, would change the status quo of the Basic Law of the President of the State, passed in 1964, which allows the President to pardon criminals. 

The new 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.

The bill, first proposed by Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) in December, has since faced numerous political and technical setbacks, making this approval that much sweeter to supporters. 

Bennett wrote: "The Terrorist law just passed! From now on, terrorists will die in prison." 

"Israel's security policy on the topic of releasing terrorists is returning to sanity: MK Shaked’s bill that prevents pardons for terrorists just passed its final vote in the Knesset." 

"This means that Israeli terrorists, such as Shelly Dadon’s murderer, and many others, including terrorists from eastern Jerusalem, can be sent to prison without the possibility of parole, with no exceptions or loopholes."

"This is the beginning of a return to Israeli security policy sanity on the topic of releasing terrorists. For years, we were told there is nothing you can do; Israel releases terrorists, just the way that it is. No more. It is over." 

Despite the sense of victory, Bennett reminded supporters: "There is much more work that remains to be done."




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