Youth holds stone as Palestinians clash with IDF in the West Bank.
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A bill increasing the penalty for throwing rocks at vehicles to up to 20 years in prison will head to the Knesset after being approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation Sunday.
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked plans to fast-track the legislative process to pass the bill, which is similar to one MK Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union) put forward when she held the justice portfolio.
If it becomes law, the bill will increase the chances of conviction for rock-throwing and up the maximum penalty to 10 or 20 years in prison, depending on the circumstances.
The legislation is meant to change the current law, which does not differentiate between levels of danger of rock-throwing, pointing out that throwing a large rock at a vehicle has more potential to be deadly than throwing small rocks at stationary soldiers.
The bill can move relatively quickly through the legislative process to become law, because Livni’s version was prepared for final votes in the last Knesset before the last election was called.
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation held its first regular meeting on Sunday since the government was sworn in and discussed a wide range of government bills, most of which had been approved by the previous government’s committee and had gone through part of the legislative process.
It has not yet begun voting on private-member bills, proposed by MKs as opposed to ministries.
As justice minister, Shaked is chairwoman of the current Ministerial Committee for Legislation. The members of the committee are: from the Likud, National Infrastructure Minister Yuval Steinitz, Senior Citizens Minister Gila Gamliel, Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev, Science, Technology and Space Minister Danny Danon, Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, Immigration and Absorption Minister Ze’ev Elkin and Ophir Akunis; from Kulanu – Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabai; from Bayit Yehudi, Shaked and Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel; and from Shas, Religious Services Minister David Azoulay.
According to coalition agreements, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has veto power, enabling him to stop any bill from coming to a ministerial vote, though Levin, who represents the prime minister in the committee, and Shaked have said they do not expect Netanyahu to use it often.