As Mob War Rages, Prosecutor Proposes Stiffer Penalties for Organized Crime

Move comes in light of spree of recent mob shootings in the middle of Israeli cities.

A Tel Aviv prosecutor on Monday urged the Knesset to stiffen penalties for organized crime, in the wake of a spree of gangland shootings in the middle of Israeli cities over the past week.

Under current Israeli law, the maximum penalty for involvement in organized crime is nine months imprisonment.

Prosecutor Rachel Siber's statements came during an emergency meeting of the Knesset Interior Committee, which dealt with last weeks shootings in Netanya and the fatal and accidental shooting of innocent bystander Margarita Lautin in Bat Yam in July.

Also during the meeting, deputy head of the police international crimes division Kobi Zariham said, "today in Israel, the access to weapons is almost unlimited. Almost anyone can get their hands on a weapon."

Labor MK Ophir Pines-Paz announced that the committee will issue its support of a bill presented by MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beitenu), under which victims of organized crime violence will be treated as terror victims and given the appropriate benefits.