Israeli government asserts that war on terror demands state of emergency extension

The Israeli government is expected today to once again approve the continuation of the emergency regulations in place since the country’s establishment in 1948. “There’s a fundamental need for the laws due to the war on terror,” the state asserted. The Israeli Defense and Justice ministers hope to pass new laws that will void the need to renew the state of emergency.
Israel Border Police officers at the Temple Mount Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

During the government meeting anticipated for today (Sunday), the Israeli government is expected once again to approve an extension of the country’s state of emergency. This security situation essential to Israeli law has been in place since Israel’s establishment in 1948, despite claims that this is an undemocratic reality.

Over the past few years, a number of laws were passed, such as the Combatting Terrorism Law. However, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked claim that according to the Israeli security establishment, continuing the state of emergency is necessary. Shaked and Lieberman will present before their counterparts at the government table the decision meant to extend the state of emergency by another year. 

According to the Basic Law, the Israeli government will soon be required to present to the Knesset its request, as the current state of emergency expires on November 6, 2017. “In recent years, some of the powers enshrined within the emergency laws were used: this past year, dozens of orders were issued in order to conduct administrative detentions, a number of orders were extended in order to seize land for exercises with foreign militaries and for the purpose of stationing anti-missile and air defense batteries.”

Israeli government meeting Photo Credit: Ohad Zweigenberg/Flash90

“The state of emergency has unceasingly existed in Israel since May of 1948,” the bill reads. “The security circumstances prevailing in the country demand the continued existence of the powers vested in some of the said laws due to the security forces’ needs for the war on terror.” Lieberman and Shaked also noted that Israeli security officials insisted on extending the state of emergency until new laws are passed, including an amendment to the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, the new Hours of Work and Rest Law meant to void the need to declare a state of emergency and several others.

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