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Cabinet Decides: 4 Year Minimum for Rock Terrorists


Police may open fire when anyone’s life is in danger. Use of non-lethal sharpshooting guns is also approved.

The Security Cabinet has approved a series of measures designed to fight the current Arab terror wave, which is typified by large scale daily firebomb and rock attacks by youths.

The Cabinet calls the measures “uncompromising.”

Among the decisions – which were unanimously approved – is a change in the instructions to police regarding opening fire against terrorists, and the use of nonlethal sharpshooting guns.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu laid out the changes in a statement Thursday evening. These include:

  • Giving police instructions to open fire when there is danger to anyone’s life – and not just their own.
  • Minimum sentences of four years in jail for adults who throw firebombs, rocks or other deadly objects.
  • Enlarged fines and minimum fines against minors aged 14-18 who engage in terrorism and their parents.

In addition, minimum fines may be established for parents of minors aged 12-14 engaged in terrorism, and a security deposit payment for parents of children under 12.

“I would like to say one more thing about the Temple Mount,” Netanyahu said, in a statement that appeared to be meant for Jordan’s King Abdullah II. “We are maintaining the status quo. We are not the ones breaking it. All the statements that are being spread around, about our intention to harm Islam’s holy sites, are complete nonsense. We are not the ones changing the status quo – whoever puts pipe bombs with explosive material inside them is changing the status quo.”

“Of course, we will take action to maintain law, order and peace,” he added. “We say this to all our neighbors and we also call on the Palestinian Authority to stop the wild incitement.”


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