Netanyahu Buries Death Penalty Law

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Netanyahu speaks after swearing-in of the government

Slated to go before Ministerial Committee Sunday, death penalty for terrorists bill indefinitely frozen by PM’s technical maneuver.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has significantly slowed the advancement of a controversial bill on Sunday.

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation was set to discuss the bill, submitted by Yisrael Beytenu MK Sharon Gal, and requiring the death penalty for those found guilty of terrorist murders.

However, Netanyahu, who opposes the initiative, has decided to instead establish a government commission to examine the issues pertaining to the proposed law.

Headed by Tourism minister Yariv Levin (Likud), the commission will include representatives from each of the different coalition factions, of which Yisrael Beytenu is not a member.

The commission’s review is expected to last several months, and as a result the bill is, at least temporarily, being dropped from the Ministerial Committee for Legislation’s agenda.

MK Gal’s bill mandated that terrorists convicted of murdering Israeli civilians through activities in Judea and Samaria – which remains under martial law – also be liable for the death penalty.

In addition, it required that only a majority in Judea and Samaria military courts rule for the death penalty, and likewise would have prevented the regional IDF commander from being able to lighten the sentence.

Should MK Gal still attempt to bring the proposal before the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday, Channel 2 reported, all Likud ministers will oppose, despite some previously making statements to the contrary.


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