(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israel is pursuing legislation to outlaw Hizbut Tahrir, a radical, international, pan-Islamic organization affiliated with Islamic State, Channel 10 reported Monday.
The group has been outlawed in several European countries, including Turkey, Russia and Germany, over its radical ideology and support of terrorism.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the decision followed clear evidence implicating Hizbut Tahrir in a series of terrorist attacks across Israel in 2015, originally attributed to Hamas.
"It makes no sense to allow a group whose ideology is similar to that of Islamic State to operate in Israel. I intend to do everything in my power to outlaw this organization," Erdan told Channel 10.
A Public Security Ministry statement said: "Given the intelligence presented to Minister Erdan, he decided to pursue outlawing Hizbut Tahrir, a group that rejects Israel's right to exist and seeks to replace it with an Islamic caliphate."
Hizbut Tahrir's activities in Israel are focused on the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, "where its leaders spread their radical teachings and incite terrorism," the statement said.
Outlawing the group will afford authorities a wider scope of legal tools to use against Hizbut Tahrir operatives in Israel, the ministry's statement said.