Israeli Ministers Back Barring Welfare Payments to Freed Security Prisoners

Security prisoners freed early in political deals will not be eligible for welfare payments for the duration of their original sentences.

Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation decided Sunday to support a bill barring security prisoners with Israeli citizenship from receiving national insurance benefits if released in a prisoner exchange agreement. The ban will last for the full period to which the prisoner was sentenced.

Proposed by coalition chairman Yariv Levin (Likud), the bill refers to welfare payments and national insurance benefits that are the right of every citizen and resident. However, prisoners do not receive them for the duration of their sentence.

The new law would ensure that security prisoners released early under a political agreement would not receive benefits until the end of their original sentence.

"I applaud the decision to approve this important bill and hope that it becomes law as soon as possible," Levin said following the committee's decision. "It will bring an end to the absurd situation in which a security prisoner is released without completing his prison term, either under a deal or an agreement, and at the same time receives benefits from the state."

Israel freeing 26 Palestinian prisoners to keep U.S.-sponsored peacemaking on course for a second round of talks, Gaza Strip, August 14, 2013.Credit: Reuters

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

Subscribe today and save 40%

SUBSCRIBE
Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

Palestinians search through the rubble of a building in which Khaled Mansour, a top Islamic Jihad militant was killed following an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, southern Gaza strip, on Sunday.

Gazans Are Tired of Pointless Wars and Destruction, and Hamas Listens to Them

Trump and Netanyahu at the White House in Washington, in 2020.

Three Years Later, Israelis Find Out What Trump Really Thought of Netanyahu

German soldier.

The Rival Jewish Spies Who Almost Changed the Course of WWII

Rio. Not all Jewish men wear black hats.

What Does a Jew Look Like? The Brits Don't Seem to Know

Galon. “I’m coming to accomplish a specific mission: to increase Meretz’s strength and ensure that the party will not tread water around the electoral threshold. If Meretz will be large enough, it will be the basis for a Jewish-Arab partnership.” Daniel Tchetchik

'I Have No Illusions About Ending the Occupation, but the Government Needs the Left'

Soldiers using warfare devices made by the Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems.

Russia-Ukraine War Catapults Israeli Arms Industry to Global Stage