Shaked rebuffs PM's special security court

Ayelet Shaked 'thinks there is no value' in establishing court dedicated to terrorism, officials in Justice Ministry say.

Cynthia Blank,

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked
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Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) rejected Thursday the idea of a special court to deal with security issues. 

The idea of a terrorism tribunal was first floated by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at a Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting on Wednesday. 

Netanyahu declined to go into specifics about what implementing such a court would entail, despite questions from committee members.

MKs at the meeting did, however, surmise that a separate security court would likely deal with such issues as the demolition of terrorists' homes, administrative detentions, and the revocation of residence status and/or citizenship of those convicted of terrorist actions. 

Despite Shaked's harsh stance against terrorism, senior officials in her ministry told Haaretz she had no intention of advancing such a step even if it was supported by the Prime Minister. 

“The Justice Minister does not intend to advance the idea of establishing a special court for security affairs,” they said. 

“Shaked thinks there is no need or value in establishing such a special court, and that this initiative will only cause damage,” the officials added.

According to Haaretz, the Prime Minister's Office confirmed Netanyahu had mentioned such a court but would give no further details.