Full Knesset session
Full Knesset sessionYonatan Sindel/Flash 90

The Knesset backed a bill on Wednesday enabling the IDF to expel the families of terrorists involved in attacks on Israeli citizens.

The ‘Expulsion Bill’, which would empower the IDF’s Central Command chief to authorize the expulsion of relatives of terrorists responsible for attacks against Israel, went up for a preliminary vote before the Knesset plenum Wednesday, passing by a margin of 69 to 38.

If passed, the chief of the IDF’s Central Command would be able to order relatives of terrorists to be expelled from their homes within seven days of a terror attack, and sent to a different area within Judea and Samaria.

MK Moti Yogev (Jewish Home), who drafted the bill, said the move was needed to restore Israel’s deterrence against terrorism.

“Deterrence is the bedrock of Israel’s security, a means of reducing terror attacks and saving lives while preserving law and order.”

The Knesset voted on the bill following a string of terror attacks in Judea and Samaria, most of them perpetrated by the Hamas terrorist organization.

Last Sunday, Hamas terrorists opened fire on a group of Israeli civilians at a bus stop north of Jerusalem, wounding seven and causing the death of a newborn child delivered immediately after the attack.

On Thursday, terrorists shot and killed two Israeli soldiers and wounded two more Israelis at a junction just south of the scene of the bus stop shooting.