Opposition in uproar as bill stripping terrorists of citizenship fails

Opposition bill to strip terrorists of citizenship and residency rights dies in Knesset. 'Coalition spits in faces of bereaved families.'

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Hamas, Islamic Jihad terrorists
Hamas, Islamic Jihad terrorists
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The Knesset voted against the bill that sought to deny residency and citizenship to terrorists Wednesday. The proposal was initiated by MK Avi Dichter and is also signed by MKs from the Yamina and New Hope parties.

During the vote, MK David Bitan of the Likud shouted at coalition members: "This is a government that supports terrorism!"

The opposition claimed that Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked had violated an earlier agreement with MKs Avi Dichter and Orit Struck to postpone the law revoking citizenship for terrorists for two weeks so that a full discussion of the matter could be held.

The law submitted and promoted by MKs Dichter and Struck was formulated with the bereaved families forum "Choosing Life."

Opposition parties claimed that "the law failed despite the fact that in the Knesset plenum, Minister Shaked declared that it was a proper law and that she supported in principle the law denying citizenship to terrorists of Dichter and Struck, which she even signed before being appointed minister."

The chairperson of the Religious Zionism faction, MK Orit Struck, said after the vote, "I am sorry that the interior minister, who signed this law herself, and understands that it must be promoted, because any other decision means giving the terrorists the other cheek - backed out at the last minute."

"We agreed to give the government a short-term opportunity, to advance the issue through dialogue with us. But we could not agree to postpone the vote without a deadline, so it was agreed in advance in our contacts. Unfortunately, our law fell at the hands of coalition members because they are enslaved to the Islamist Party. If the government, which today rejected our outstretched hand, spat in the faces of the bereaved families, decides that it is really interested in promoting a similar law - it has the option to do so," Struck added.

MK Avi Dichter said: "'Whoever pays the terrorist's salary, he will also grant him citizenship. If the ministerial committee that discussed the law on Sunday had decided to discuss my bill in two weeks, I would have accepted and said this is understandable. After postponing the discussion for four months, we decided to bring the law to a plenary vote today."

"Contrary to those who think that this vote is similar to an extension of a one-year directive (Citizenship Law), it is important to emphasize that it was changed to a motion of confidence in the government at the last minute and therefore the opposition voted against it. The government has proved today that it is a captive of the Arab parties and that we will have to deal with it (as a government that has been captured). We will not give up. This law will pass," Dichter said.

The 'Choosing Life' forum stated: "All along we have warned that joining together with Ra'am is a danger to Israel's security and today it has been proven. We do not have many words to say to the Knesset members who promised us and signed the law for us, except that they should be ashamed."



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