The Knesset 390 (R).
(photo credit: Ammar Awad / Reuters)
Criminals convicted of terror-related crimes will only receive half of their
National Insurance stipend upon their release from prison, according to a bill
authorized for its first plenum reading in the Knesset Labor Committee on
The legislation, proposed by Israel Beiteinu MKs David Rotem and
Robert Ilatov, would cut National Insurance benefits by 50 percent for Israeli
citizens involved in terrorism and were sentenced to spend at least 10 years in
Rotem explained that he had to agree to compromises, because of
legal issues, but he had originally wanted to completely cancel all National
Insurance benefits from anyone who was convicted of terrorism.
advisers in government ministries apparently do not really understand that I
want to defend the citizens of Israel, and when we want to hurt terrorists, they
say there are ‘constitutional difficulties,’” Rotem quipped.
the Israel Beiteinu MK, the current version of the bill is “better than
Justice Ministry representative Shai Someh said that using
pension funds as a punishment brings up legal problems, as does continuing
punishment after a prison sentence.
However, the Justice Ministry accepts
the current text of the bill, he said.
Katz and Rotem, the only MKs in
the meeting, voted to approve the bill for its first reading in the plenum.
Should it pass the reading, the legislation will be brought back to the
committee for changes, and then undergo two more plenum votes.