The ministerial committee on legislation voted Sunday to advance a bill that would take away benefits from terrorists with Israeli citizenship who leave prison early.

The benefits removed would include unemployment payments and other stipends from the National Insurance Institute. The legislation, sponsored by coalition chairman Yariv Levin (Likud), is timely because Israeli Arabs are expected to be included at the end of next month in final round of prisoners being released by Israel to the Palestinian Authority as a gesture in the diplomatic process.

Levin vowed to pass the bill into law before the prisoners are released.

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