The Knesset passed a law Tuesday night that will prevent the early release of convicted terrorists serving sentences in prison.
The legislation, proposed by MKs Anat Berko (Likud) and Oded Forer (Yisrael Beiteinu), will deny terrorists the ability to be released after two-thirds of their sentences, as can occur with other prisoners who show remorse and demonstrate their rehabilitation.
The law was submitted following an exposé in the Yediot Ahronot newspaper, in which the Zionist organization Im Tirtzu exposed the plans of the Defense Ministry to reduce the sentences of terrorists by one-third for good behavior.
Last week the Israel Prisons Service released 247 domestic abusers and 49 sex criminals to comply with rules regarding prison overcrowding.
Israel National Council for the Child criticized the release and took the government to task for failing to issue mandatory monitoring orders for the sex offenders, even though some of them are “considered dangerous.”
“A reduced sentence is a privilege that terrorists are not worthy of receiving,” said MK Berko. “Terrorists are proud of their actions and therefore must bear the full consequences. We won’t stop working for our citizens’ security. ”
MK Oded Forer said: “This is an important precedent in the fight against terror and the effort to increase deterrence. Now every terrorist knows that he has no hope of being released early.”
Im Tirtzu CEO, Matan Peleg, called the law “a victory for Justice and sanity.”
“It is a shame that we are in a situation in which a law is needed to prevent terrorists from receiving early parole,” said Peleg. “We need to continue promoting a strong deterrence package against terrorism that will prevent the next attack from occurring.”