A joint committee of the House Committee and the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee discussed on Monday two bills which determine that security prisoners will not be eligible for a deduction of a third of their sentence: the Parole Bill (cancelling shortened sentence for security prisoners), submitted by MK Oded Forer (Yisrael Beitenu), and the Anti-Terror Bill (cancelling parole arrangements for convicts who committed acts of terror), proposed by MK Anat Berko.
“Every murderer will know that he will spend the rest of his life behind bars,” MK MikiZohar (Likud) said. “This is relevant for those who commit acts of terror and tell themselves that a third of their sentence will be deducted. This is why this legislation is so important, so that every convicted terrorist will know that once his sentence is handed down, there are no shortcuts.
MK Jamal Zahalka (Joint List) said, “You are people of blood who instigate quarrels and war. Who murdered 500 children in Gaza if not the pilots?”
MK Forer responded, “As someone who sat in prison for security offenses, you should be quiet and listen.”MK Berko said, “We cannot feel the pain that the bereaved families feel. This (early release of security prisoners) causes them to relive the tragedy every day. It is our duty to prevent the next cases. Security prisoners are ideologists who operate as a group which [their] society does not reject. I have yet to see a security prisoner who did not believe he would be released earlier. We do not want to harm the civilian population, but they use children as human shields.”
Dan Landau, whose daughter Michal Salomon witnessed the murder of her husband during the terror attack in Neve Tzuf, addressed the committee members and said “For the rest of her life my daughter will hear the sounds of her husband fighting for his life and getting stabbed over and over again. She will not stop seeing his stabbed body and the image of him taking his final breath. On behalf of my grandchildren, who were scared to death thinking that the murderer was about to enter their room, who heard the sounds of their father being slaughtered, I stand here to represent my daughter’s wish that other women do not experience what she did.”