Israeli Defense Minister: "The death penalty for terrorists will be a significant tool of deterrence"

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and the chairman of the Yisrael Beiteinu party submitted a request to expedite the vote on the death penalty for terrorists after receiving the approval of the legal bureau. Lieberman: "The death penalty for terrorists will be a significant tool of deterrence."
IDF destroys Sarona terrorist's home Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson/ Channel 2 News

After announcing his intention to explore the option of expanding Israel's policy of demolishing terrorists' homes to include those who injured civilians and not only those who committed murder, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman now hopes to expedite the vote on instituting the death penalty for terrorists. Yesterday (Monday), the Yisrael Beiteinu party's Chairman MK Robert Ilatov submitted a request to advance the discussion of the bill in the ministerial committee after the original proposal was approved by the legal department.

According to the request, "since its establishment, Israel has fought terrorism" and that this is "one of its most difficult struggles." According to Ilatov, "despite the terror and the terrible terror attacks that the State of Israel has experienced since its establishment, there is a large gap between the current reality and the necessary way of dealing with it, and the punishment currently in place."

"Releasing terrorists, including terrorists who carried out the most horrific terror attacks, conveys a message that is completely opposite to what is necessary in the war on terror, severely undermines deterrence and encourages the terrorists."

Lieberman addressed the request and said: "The death penalty for terrorists will be a significant tool of deterrence. We can not allow terrorists to know that after they committed a murder, they will sit in prison, enjoying such and such conditions and may even be released in the future."



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