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.