search

Government to weigh stripping state benefits from families of terrorists

People light candles at the site of the April 7 shooting attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, April 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
People light candles at the site of the April 7 shooting attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, April 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

The government approves the establishment of a committee to examine the removal of state benefits such as pensions and other grants from the families of citizens who committed acts of terror.

A panel consisting of the directors of the Prime Minister’s Office, the Public Security Ministry, the Defense Ministry, the Justice Ministry, the Welfare Ministry and other officials will be convened to formulate a recommendation within 60 days of its establishment.

“We are determined… to change the equation so that it will not be worthwhile to take part in terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens,” says Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. “Providing benefits from the state to terrorist families is utterly absurd and it is time to redress the injustice.”

“The State of Israel will hold anyone accountable who has a direct or indirect connection to the terrorist attacks,” he adds.

Such legislation has been introduced in the past but has not succeeded in passing the Knesset. It would also likely face a challenge in the Supreme Court.

comments
Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed