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Liberman on the draft law on the death penalty: "we will not stop until we succeed"



Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman at a meeting of the Knesset Foreign and Defense Committee, 22 October 2018
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Defense Minister announced that the bill will advance to debates at a Knesset committee next week

After Netanyahu gave the green light, Israeli defense secretary Avigdor Liberman vowed on Tuesday that the administration would not give up until it succeeded in adopting a bill that would allow the death penalty of the terrorists to be granted more quickly.

Liberman announced on Tuesday that the "death penalty act for terrorists" will be heard by the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee for debate Wednesday before the first reading in plenary.

"We will not give up and we will not stop until we finish the mission," the defense minister said.

On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave his approval for a bill that would allow the judiciary to more easily condemn terrorists sentenced to death.

Israeli law already allows death penalty in some cases, although no one was executed by the Jewish states of Nazi SS officer Adolf Eichmann in 1962.

From now on, the law stipulates a unanimous decision that an execution should take place. The draft bill, which voted for the preliminary vote in January, allows executions of convicted terrorists to kill Israeli civilians if most of the judges in the tribunal approve.

The Israeli media reported on Monday that Netanyahu gave his approval for the bill at a coalition meeting Sunday, at the request of the Education Minister and Native Baptist Jewish leader Naftali Bennett.

The EU condemned the progress of the law, saying the use of the death penalty is "inhuman and degrading".


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