Almost year after removing it from government’s agenda, Prime Minister Netanyahu decides to advance law toughening conditions of Hamas prisoners.
The Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs on Sunday approved a bill aimed at aggravating the conditions of Hamas prisoners jailed in Israel in a bid to pressure the Palestinian organization to advance the talks for kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit’s release.
Ynet reported several weeks ago that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu removed his objection to the bill, after working to postpone a discussion on the proposal last summer in light of security element’s objection.
The bill will now be brought to the Knesset for a preliminary reading with the coalition’s support. The exact changes in the prisoners’ conditions will be determined later on.
The bill, initiated by Knesset Members Danny Danon and Yariv Levin (Likud), addresses prisoners that were convicted for being members in a terrorist organization “that holds an Israeli citizen or resident in conditions of imprisonment, without allowing him to receive visitors.”