A masked Hamas man holds a gun 370 (R).
(photo credit: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters)
The security cabinet can declare an individual a terrorist following
recommendations from the UN or a foreign government, according to a bill that
passed its second and third (final) votes in the Knesset Monday
The government-sponsored amendment to the law prohibiting
funding terrorists passed with 25 MKs in favor and four opposed.
law allows the cabinet to declare a person or organization as a terrorist should
the UN Security Council or a relevant office of a foreign government recommend
they do so.
When the Security Council declares a person a terrorist, UN
member countries are required to follow suit, but before Monday, Israeli law
made doing so complicated.
Previously, the law allowed the cabinet to
declare a person or organization a terrorist if there was reasonable
However, the Security Council does not always publicize its
reasoning, preventing ministers from cooperating.
As such, Israel was
unable to be a full partner in battling international terror.
to the National Security Council’s legal adviser Gil Avriel, the UN gave Israel
names of 360 terrorists, but only 250 could be declared as such by the
“The bill is meant to increase international cooperation in
preventing terror,” a Prime Minister’s Office representative said at a Knesset
Constitution, Law and Justice Committee discussion of the
“The bodies that examined the organizations are serious and
trustworthy. It is unreasonable that we will not trust international security