Days of Palestine

Saturday, February 4

‘Israel’ passes law prevents prisoners’ release

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Days of Palestine, Reports –Israeli Knesset has passed a law blocks the release of Palestinian prisoners’ in future political reconciliations.

The 120-member Knesset voted late Monday 35 to 15 in favour of the bill, which was initiated by a far-right politician and approved by the cabinet in June, a parliament spokesman told AFP.

The law gives judges the power to convict murder suspects under a new category of “extraordinarily severe circumstances” which would prevent the government from releasing them in any future deals.

Israeli occupation freed 78 Palestinian prisoners during failed US-backed peace talks between July 2013 and April, including many who had been convicted for killing Israelis.

In 2011, Israeli occupation was obliged to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in a swap in return of the release of an Israeli soldier arrested from his tank by Palestinians at the Gaza borders five years before.

That releases angered hardliners such as Ayelet Shaked of the far-right Jewish Home party, who initiated the new law earlier this year.

Left-wing Israeli politicians have said the law would tie Israeli hands in future talks, with Zehava Gal-On of the Meretz party accusing Netanyahu of “capitulating to the extreme right and supporting a demagogic law.”