Knesset passes law to prevent early release for terrorists

Israel Materials 26 December 2018 15:43 (UTC +04:00)

The Knesset (Israel Parliament) passed a law to prevent the early release of convicted terrorists on Tuesdays night, Trend reports referring to The Jerusalem Post.

"A reduced sentence is a privilege that terrorists are not worthy of receiving," said MK Anat Berko, one of the Knesset members who proposed the legislation.

The legislation will stop terrorists from being released after two-thirds of their sentences, a privilege given to other inmates who demonstrate remorse during their time served.

The law was proposed in response to a Defense Ministry attempt to reduce the sentences for terrorists by one-third for good behavior, according to a Yediot Ahronot exposé.

"This is an important precedent in the fight against terror and the effort to increase deterrence. Now every terrorist knows that he has no hope of being released early," MK Oded Forer, the other main Knesset member to push for this new law, said.