On Sunday, a bill which had the backing of the extremist National Security Minister Itamar Ben–Gvir and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was approved by a major Knesset committee, as stated in a joint announcement, which would legalize the death penalty for Palestinian assailants.
If finally enacted, the law would permit Israeli courts to sentence Palestinians who carried attacks against Israeli settlers to capital punishment.
On Sunday, Ben–Gvir rejected Likud‘s first request to postpone presenting his bill to make the death penalty permissible against Palestinians.
Limor Son Har–Melech, an Otzma Yehudit lawmaker, had initially promised Ben–Gvir‘s party to submit a law as part of the coalition agreement with Netanyahu‘s Likud party. The law was meant to be voted on by the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation, but the Likud party requested Ben–Gvir to table it until it can be discussed further in the government cabinet.
Earlier on Sunday, two Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank were fatally shot while in their vehicle.
Also, it has been reported that a Palestinian was admitted to the hospital after being attacked by Israeli settlers in Nablus. Additionally, it is believed that the settlers had set fire to Palestinian houses and vehicles in the town of Hawara in response to the shooting of two Israelis earlier that Sunday.