Israeli government: “The current terror wave demands a continued state of emergency"

The Israeli government is once again expected to lengthen the country’s state of emergency, which has been in place since 1948, despite the fact that an anti-terrorism law was recently passed in the Knesset. Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman will be proposing the bill to the Knesset.
The Israeli Government meeting Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

During the next Israeli government meeting, which will be held on Sunday, the main topic of discussion will not be the Shabbat crisis nor will the Israeli Prime Minister and the Transportation Minister fling accusations at one another. Rather, the ministers will be focused on discussing whether to extend Israel's state of emergency. This is a legal and security situation that has existed almost since Israel’s establishment. The Israeli government noted that judicial and security tools are necessary in order for the state of emergency to be allowed despite the fact an anti-terrorism law, which extends the powers of law enforcement and increases the possible punishments for crimes, was recently passed by the Knesset.

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman will present the bill that is aimed at extending Israel’s state of emergency by one year. According to Israel’s first Basic Law, the government is required to propose lengthening the state of emergency to the Knesset at least 60 days before the current state of emergency ends. The current state of emergency is set to expire on November 22, 2016. Thus, the government needs to propose extending it within the next two weeks.

“The state of emergency has continually existed in Israel since May of 1948,” the bill reads. “The security circumstances that prevail in the country require a continued existence of the powers vested in the aforementioned laws due to the security officials' needs.”

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