Bayit Yehudi announced Thursday that it will present legislation to the Ministerial Committee on Legislation Sunday that would ban releasing Palestinian security prisoners as a gesture to the Palestinian Authority amid ongoing peace talks.
The party stated Thursday that "releasing terrorists in exchange for the dubious right of Tzipi Livni meeting with [Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb] Erekat is gravely wrong."
The new legislation will be presented by Bayit Yehudi together with Coalition chairman Yariv Levin, the party added.
"The legislation will stop the shameful release of terrorists in the future, and we expect that this time, Likud ministers will support the bill."
Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett said in a statement that stopping the prisoner release "is even more important than justifying Livni's presence in the government."
Senior party officials stated that "the attempts to link [settlement] construction with the release of murderers is cynical and immoral. It would be better if the prime minister doesn't free murderers and doesn't build. This appears to be a contemptible attempt to free murderers and to defame the settlement enterprise."