Knesset fast-tracks bill to expel terrorists

Minister Katz tells Arutz Sheva about his new bill that is being sped up, says terrorists' families must know: 'you'll go flying to Syria.'

Hezki Baruch ,

Yisrael Katz
Yisrael Katz
Yoni Kempinski

The Knesset Committee on Wednesday morning approved speeding up the legislative process for a bill to expel terrorists.

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud), who initiated the bill, spoke to Arutz Sheva about the importance of fast-tracking the legislation.

"Today it passed with very wide support from the coalition and a wide portion of the opposition. We are working to complete the legislation in another week; the quicker this law passes the quicker the terror will decrease," Katz said.

The minister connected his new bill to the lethal Islamic State (ISIS) bombings in Brussels on Tuesday, in which 34 people were murdered.

"Yesterday in the attack in Brussels we saw that ISIS's terror doesn't distinguish between borders and states, and all the 'explanations' that they give to terror against Israel appear completely baseless."

"If in Belgium we call on Europeans to take steps against the terror, and to adapt to reality and characterize the terror as Islamic terror and fight it, then certainly in Israel we need to support a law expelling the terrorists," he said.

The new bill is a necessary deterrent tool for Israel's arsenal, argued Katz, explaining, "this law doesn't come to replace the activities of the IDF, Shabak (Israeli Security Agency), the police and all security sources."

"It's a complimentary deterrent step against the terror of minors and lone attackers who come due to incitement to murder Jews. This step will give a clear message to the families: if it happens, you will go flying to Syria, you'll be expelled to Gaza, you won't return here, therefore get a hold of your children and prevent them from committing attacks."

"If the demolition of homes is effective, then expelling families is several times more effective, all the security sources know that," said Katz.

The minister added, "I take it upon myself together with the committee chairperson (MK) David Biton to advance this important law. It is another means in the complete formation of the war on terror."

The bill passed in the committee by a majority of 11 in favor and two opposed.