Education Minister submits bill to expel terrorist families

Bennett: 'I decided to bring bill to expel terrorist's families to vote despite vigorous opposition of lawyers surrounding Netanyahu.'

Mordechai Sones ,

Bennett (R) and Yogev
Bennett (R) and Yogev
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Following the wave of terror attacks, and despite consistent opposition from the judicial authorities, Education Minister Naftali Bennett decided today to bring expulsion of terrorist families to vote in the Ministerial Committee on Legislation.

"The terrorists have ceased to be afraid," Bennett said. "If the legal bodies tie the Prime Minister's hands from restoring deterrence, we'll do it ourselves.

"The wave of terror attacks is taking place because the terrorists have stopped being afraid of us. Jews are being killed because participation in terror attacks has become a lucrative business, and litigiousness paralyzes the defense establishment from action: They haven't demolished more than 105 terrorist homes, they haven't stopped murderers' salaries, and they haven't expelled terrorists.

"The late Amiad Yisrael and two heroic soldiers were brutally murdered by savages in Adam. Therefore, I decided to bring a bill to expel terrorist's families to vote on Sunday, despite the vigorous opposition of the lawyers surrounding Netanyahu. If we don't act immediately, we'll see an increase in the wave of terror."

Member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee MK Moti Yogev (Jewish Home) said: "Against the background of the increase in terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria, I call on the Prime Minister and Defense Minister to remove barriers to the law to expel murderers' families and add more tools to the deterrence toolbox. This law is essential for stopping terror, preventing attacks, and saving lives. "

Bennett decided the bill proposed by MK Yogev will be brought to the Knesset's legislative committee on Sunday. According to the proposed law, the IDF Central Regional Commander will be able to expel a terrorist's family who attempted to strike, within seven days of the attack, from their area of ​​residence to another area in Judea and Samaria to increase deterrence.

The bill was scheduled to be put to vote about a month-and-a-half ago, but was rejected by the Prime Minister on the grounds that it would promote a series of deterrence measures against Palestinian terrorism in the cabinet. When Bennett saw the bill falling into obscurity, he decided it would come up next Sunday.

The explanatory notes to the law state that "deterrence is a cornerstone of Israel's security as a way of saving lives and maintaining law and order. The necessary step named in this bill has been shown to deter, reduce future attacks, and thus save lives."