Security Cabinet to Vote on Plan to Curtail Stone Throwing

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mendelblit. June 7 2015Credit: Emil Salman

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will convene the security cabinet Thursday to vote on a plan to deal with the growing incidence of rock and firebomb throwing in Jerusalem and beyond.

The session follows the expression of opposition last week by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to the bid to introduce manditory minimum sentences for convicted rock throwers and to relax the rules of engagment for opening fire.

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw a stone towards Israeli security forces during clashes in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus in the West Bank, on August 21, 2015.Credit: AFP

The Prime Minister’s Office said the cabinet will be asked to approve the above changes, as well as the introduction of heavy fines for the parents of minors who throw stones or firebombs; anyone who does not pay the fine will forfeit their National Insurance Institute benefits.

“The prime minister is determined to have his plan passed in the cabinet and thereafter in quick legislation,” the PMO said.

Weinstein made his views known at a meeting in the PMO on the escalation of violence in Jerusalem. He proposed issuing a one-year emergency regulation mandating a minimum sentence for throwing rocks or firebombs, saying that would allow the efficacy of the measure to be evaluated.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said that one year was not a sufficient period of time for such an emergency regulation, proposing that it be for at least three years.

Shaked said at last week’s meeting that she would come to Thursday’s meeting with the draft of a three-year emergency regulation.

Weinstein also said last week that he was against changing the rules of engagement against people throwing rocks or firebombs, adding that the Ruger sharpshooter rifle had proved itself adequate to dealing with the problem. He also said the rules of engagement did not need to be more detailed, as the police had demanded, but said he would agree to a reexamination of the regulations.

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