Bill Would Strip Israeli Arab Terrorists of National Insurance Benefits

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The National Insurance Institute will be out of bounds to released Israeli terrorists until their prison termhas passed, under MK Levin's bill.Credit: Itzik Ben-Malki

Terrorists with Israeli citizenship who are released from prison as part of a diplomatic agreement would not immediately regain their National Insurance benefits under a bill that the Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee approved Monday for its second and third reading.

The bill, submitted by Yariv Levin (Likud), would deny those benefits until the end of the inmate’s original prison term, when they would be restored. The bill would not affect subsistence benefits or benefits paid to the terrorist’s family members.

“This law is aimed at addressing the absurdity of terrorists getting out of prison and being given checks so that their lives outside of prison will be more comfortable,” Levin told the committee. “It was worded carefully and moderately such that the benefits are denied until the end of designated prison term.”

The bill will be submitted to the Knesset together with a similar bill sponsored by MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beiteinu) that would deny terrorists their benefits altogether. “This bill is aimed at stopping the absurd situation in which a man enjoys benefits from the state he attacked,” Rotem said.

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