(December 17, 2018 / JNS) The Ministerial Committee for Legislation advanced legislation late Sunday night that would enable Israel to evict families of Palestinian terrorists from their homes to other areas of Judea and Samaria.
According to the legislation, proposed by Jewish Home Party Knesset member Moti Yogev, the IDF Central Command would be permitted to expel relatives of Palestinian terrorists from their hometowns within one week of an attack or attempted attack. Details of where the families would be resettled were not publicized.
Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said the move was “unconstitutional,” provided that the families did not intentionally help the attacker.
The head of the Shin Bet security service Nadav Argamon told ministers that he believes the proposal will be ineffective in increasing Israeli deterrence.
When Education Minister Naftali Bennett attempted to raise similar legislation in November, he said “deporting the families to another area will improve deterrence and send the message to the Palestinian public: There is zero tolerance for terrorism.”