Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s foreign minister, plans to introduce a bill into the country’s parliament to implement the death penalty for Palestinian political prisoners and prevent the release of others.
On his Facebook page Lieberman posted a photo reading “Death penalty for terrorists” and stated his party supports the death penalty for Palestinian prisoners.
His remarks are made two weeks ahead of the Knesset elections.
Middle East Monitor reports: Lieberman, who heads the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu, wrote on his Facebook page yesterday that “global terrorism is currently the world’s foremost challenge” and that “Israel in particular must drastically alter the way it deals with terrorists”, adding that “there is a gap between what Israel advocates for and what it does”.
“We created hope for terrorist organisations, all the terrorists who fight against Israel. Instead of building an iron wall and telling them they have no chance [because] we will fight, we constantly create and strengthen their hope,” he said.
Lieberman added: “Time and again we release groups of terrorists, and each of them has hope. They’re not afraid; they know that at the end of the day we will surrender. We released thousands of terrorists over the last decades, terrorists responsible for the most horrible attacks. It’s simply a wrong message. It encourages terrorism and creates more terrorists.”
Speaking about Israel’s wars against the Gaza Strip, he wrote that it was clear that a fourth round of fighting with Hamas cannot be prevented.