The Israeli Public Security Ministry has called for an amendment to a bill calling for tougher Punishments on Palestinians illegally residing in Israel, so that the law would be effective also in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.







Town in the West Bank

Town in the West Bank Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO

The Israeli government will discuss an amendment to a bill devised by the Ministry of Public Security on Sunday, according to which a harder line would be taken against Palestinians entering Israel illegally and those who assist them in doing so. The Public Security Ministry backs amending the bill to be effective also in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Israeli law is not currently effective in the West Bank, which is under military law. The Public Security Ministry, headed by Gilad Erdan, claimed that the effectiveness of such a law would be diminished if it is not also imposed in the West Bank.

As previously reported by JOL, Erdan unveiled his plan for tackling the phenomenon of drivers who help Palestinians enter Israel illegally for money in December. Erdan’s proposed steps include revoking the assistants’ driving license and confiscating their vehicle.