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Knesset panel passes law banning the release of terrorists from Israeli prisons in exchange for peace

By Mason White 2:56 PM May 11, 2014
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By: Aryeh Savir
A Knesset panel advanced a new law that will prohibit the president from pardoning terrorists, who were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

In a vote of 7 to 3 the panel passed the law that will limit the government’s ability to release convicted terrorists, even as part of future peace negotiations.

The law, submitted by Knesset Member Ayelet Shaked of Bayit Yehudi, states that a court, which sentenced a terrorist to life in prison, can add to the ruling a clause that prohibits the president from pardoning him. Until the passing of this law, the president could pardon terrorists prior to their release as part of the negotiations.

Ministers Saar, Ardan, Livnat, Shamir, Landver of Likud Beiteinu, and Orbach and Ariel of Bayit Yehudi, supported the bill, while Livni of Hatnua, and Perry and German of Yesh Atid, opposed it.

Minister of Housing Uri Ariel stated after the vote that: “The murderers and terrorists should know they will not be released, and this should serve as a substantial deterrent to terrorism.”

A Bayit Yehudi spokesperson stated that the bill will resonate with all who plan to kill Israelis. “The time has come that Jewish blood cease to be a cheap commodity in the Middle East,” he stated.

The bill still requires the Knesset’s confirmation. Minister of Economy Bennet vowed to push the law forward. “The State of Israel has turned over a new leaf today in relation to the war on terror and its moral obligation to the terror victims. I wish to thank MK Shaked for her initiative. Murderers should die in prison and not party at home,” said Minister Bennet.