Israel Parliament passed law to prevent Palestinian prisoner deals

Nov 5, 2014 09:09 IST

Israel’s Parliament on 4 November 2014 passed law to block the release of Palestinian prisoners convicted for murder in any future, peace negotiations.

The 120-member Knesset voted 35 to 15 in favor of the bill, which was initiated by a far-right politician and approved by the cabinet in June 2014.

This new law has given power to judges to convict murderers under a new category of extraordinarily severe circumstances which would prevent the government from releasing them in any future deals.

Earlier, Israel released 78 prisoners following US-backed peace talks in July 2013 that included many who had been convicted for murdering Israeli civilians. Apart from this, the Jewish state released 1027 Palestinian prisoners in 2011 in exchange for the freedom of an Israeli soldier held for five years by the Palestinian group Hamas. These releases angered many Israeli hardliner like Ayelet Shaked of the far-right Jewish Home party who initiated the new law.


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