Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman will request the full authority to prohibit returning terrorists’ bodies in a bill. The bill formulated by the right-wing Im Tirtzu organization’s legal counsel is essentially an amendment to the War on Terror bill.
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The grounds for the Israeli Supreme Court ruling today (Thursday) are a lack of legislation on the issue of holding terrorists’ bodies. This evening, it was revealed that a bill dealing with the matter had already been placed on the Knesset’s table this past Tuesday.
The motivation behind the bill came from the parents of Shir Hajaj, who was murdered in the Jerusalem terror attack. The bill was formulated by the Israeli right-wing Im Tirtzu organization’s legal counsel and MK Oded Forer of Yisrael Beiteinu.
The late Shir Hajaj Photo Credit: The Hajaj family/Channel 2 News
The bill is essentially an amendment to the War on Terror bill, which states that if a terrorist organization is holding the bodies of Israeli soldiers and Israeli security forces have terrorists’ bodies, the Defense Minister must issue an order prohibiting the return of the terrorists’ bodies.
In other words, the authority regarding this matter would be handed over to the Defense Minister, according to the new bill. “The Supreme Court’s ruling was so predictable that at the beginning of the week, I had already put down a bill together with all of the Yisrael Beiteinu faction that will enable the Defense Minister to prohibit returning the bodies,” Forer said. “The double standard according to which some claim that Israel is obligated to return terrorists’ bodies, while at the same time our soldiers are being held captive by Hamas without being able to receive even a scrap of information about them, must end.”