Ron Kehrmann, whose 17-year-old daughter Tal was murdered in a suicide terror attack on a Haifa bus in 2003, on Wednesday said he regretted the fact that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu chose not to support the bill proposed by Yisrael Beytenu MK Sharon Gal, which would impose the death penalty on convicted terrorist murders.
"This is an important statement of intent, even if in the end we do not execute terrorists," he told Arutz Sheva, speaking hours after the Knesset soundly rejected a preliminary reading of the bill.
“If the Prime Minister is so angry at the world about Iran, at the very least he should act against terrorism in his backyard, and the death penalty for terrorists sends an important message,” added Kehrmann.
He said that the death penalty for terrorists would have prevented his daughters’ murderers from roaming about abroad.
“The same group of terrorists who blew up Route 37 where my daughter was murdered, three of them are abroad, while my daughter is buried in Haifa,” said Kehrmann.
"Death penalty for terrorists is the most appropriate punishment for those who shouted 'Allahu Akbar' before taking her life," he added.
Netanyahu on Sunday foiled a planned discussion of the bill by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, announcing that he would instead establish a government commission to examine the issues pertaining to the proposed law. This led Gal to bringing the bill for a discussion in the Knesset, where it was rejected.
Gal reacted angrily to Netanyahu’s political maneuvering on Sunday, announcing his rejection of the "Prime Minister's proposal to postpone the vote on the law of the death penalty against terrorists, and instead establish a committee that will in effect bury the law."
"The Prime Minister's decision is further proof that this non-nationalist government is failing to take action according to the principles of the national camp," Gal charged.