Israel to ban release of child-killers

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

Israel's Knesset (parliament) this week began advancing a bill that would prohibit the release of terrorists who killed children in any future prisoner exchange deals with the Palestinians.

"I think this bill will send the message that although all terrorism is bad, terrorism against children is unforgivable," the bill's author, MK Yoel Hasson of the Kadima Party, was quoted as saying by The Jerusalem Post.

Hasson said it is time for Israel to make clear that such killers can never hope to regain their freedom. "This bill will go a long way in strengthening Israel's deterrence," he noted.

The bill was initiated in the wake of the massacre of Udi and Ruth Fogel and three of their young children in the northern Samaria Jewish community of Itamar last month.

Last week, Israel confirmed that it had captured the two terrorists responsible for butchering the Fogel family. Already, Palestinian officials have said they will insist that the two killers go free as part of a future peace deal.

Hasson's bill is also in response to ongoing efforts to win the freedom of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Israel has signalled that it is willing to free thousands of jailed Palestinians in exchange for Shalit, but will not meet Hamas demands that terrorists who have succeeded in killing Israelis be among that number.

Many Israelis argue that even freeing terrorists who failed to kill Israelis is going too far, as most of them are certain to take a second shot at becoming murderous "martyrs."

The new bill enjoys the unquestioned support of lawmakers from across the political spectrum, and is expected to easily pass into law.

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