On Sunday, the Ministerial Committee for Law passed a measure enabling judges to impose the death penalty for specific terrorist offenses.
If the victim is slain for a “racist motive or hatred for a certain public” and with “the intention of undermining the State of Israel and the rebirth of the Jewish people in its homeland,” the death penalty may be used, according to the proposed law.
The action was taken on the same day two Jewish citizens in Samaria were killed by a terrorist.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted, “We have now passed the Death Penalty for Terrorists Legislation in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation jointly with the Minister @itamarbengvir.”
“We will continue to take all necessary steps to thwart the terrorists and preserve Israel’s security, including defense, operational activity, and legislation. To combat terrorism, we must intensify our domestic efforts and strike back firmly, he continued.
Itamar Ben-Gvir, the minister of national security, whose Otzma Yehudit Party required the legislation as a requirement for entering government, tweeted:
Nothing is more symbolic than adopting a law imposing the death penalty on terrorists on this painful day when two Jews were killed in a horrifying terrorist attack.
We will fight with all the means at our disposal because terrorism is defeated on the offensive, not the defensive, he declared.
Two brothers, Hillel Menachem Yaniv, 22, and Yagel Yaakov Yaniv, 20, were shot and killed on Sunday while traveling on Highway 60 through the Palestinian community of Huwara.
According to reports, the terrorist approached their automobile and fired at them directly with a revolver.
העברנו עכשיו בוועדת שרים את חוק עונש מוות למחבלים של עוצמה יהודית. ביום הקשה הזה בו נרצחו שני יהודים בפיגוע טרור מזעזע, אין יותר סמלי מהעברת חוק עונש מוות למחבלים. טרור מנצחים במתקפה ולא במגננה ונילחם בכל הכלים העומדים לרשותנו.
— איתמר בן גביר (@itamarbengvir) February 26, 2023