Netanyahu asks for legal opinion on deporting families of terrorists

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Cherie Cullen.

( Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked Israeli Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit for his legal opinion on the possibility of “transferring families who assist terror” from Israel to Gaza, according to a formal letter released Wednesday.

“Many of the terrorist acts over the last few months were carried out by those who fit the profile of ‘lone attackers,’” Netanyahu wrote in the letter. “These attackers sometimes come from families who encourage and support their actions.”

Netanyahu argued that “the use of this tool will significantly decrease terrorist attacks against Israel and its residents.”

Mandelblit, however, recently said during multiple Israeli cabinet meetings that deportation of terrorists’ families would violate both Israeli and international law, the Jerusalem Post reported. 

Posted on March 2, 2016 .