Approved: No early release for terrorists

Knesset passes bill stating that prisoners charged with murder and accessory to murder will not have their sentence shortened.

Hezki Baruch,

Oder Forer
Oder Forer
Hezki Baruch

The Knesset on Tuesday evening approved the second and third readings of a bill submitted by MK Oded Forer (Yisrael Beytenu) to prevent the early release and the shortening by one third of sentences of security prisoners accused of murder and accessory to murder.

The bill passed by a majority of 27 to 6 and will enter the law book of the State of Israel.

The bill states that prisoners who have been charged with murder and accessory to murder under the Anti-Terrorism Law will not be given the opportunity to have their sentences shortened. It also prevents the parole board from releasing a prisoner who has served at least two thirds of his sentence if it believes that he complies with the conditions prescribed by law.

MK Oded Forer, who submitted the bill, said, "I am happy that moments before the Knesset is dissolved, at the 11th hour, we succeeded in doing justice to all those families who lost their loved ones in terrorist attacks. The very fact that terrorists, murderers of Israelis, can be released before their sentence ends, does not add to the already difficult feelings of the bereaved families. In addition, we place here another important brick in the wall of the fight against terror and in the enhancement of deterrence so that every terrorist will know that early release cannot be part of his hopes."

"A terrorist who comes to carry out an attack does not act against the individual, but against all of society, with a deep ideology against the State of Israel, and as such he must serve his full punishment, because obviously he has no chance of rehabilitation, certainly not when he becomes a hero in the eyes of those who sent him. Just before the Knesset was dissolved, we made sure that terrorists could not get a third of their sentence cut. We increased deterrence and prevented the shame of the early release of terrorists."