Anyone joining Islamic State will forfeit their Israeli citizenship, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced at Sunday's cabinet meeting.
Netanyahu, who told his ministers that indictments were filed last week against Israeli citizens who were planning to join the terrorist group, added that he has asked Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to advance steps to revoke the citizenship of Israelis joining the organization.
“Whoever joins ISIS will not be an Israeli citizen. And if he leaves the borders of the state, he will not return. I think this lesson is becoming increasingly clear throughout the international arena and it is fitting that we lead this effort as well,” he said..
Discussion about revoking citizenship for nationals joining Islamic State have been taking place for months around the globe, from Australia, to Norway, Britain and the US.
One government official said that Netanyahu's request to Weinstein was the start of what will be a protracted process.