Bill giving life sentence to terrorist kidnappers clears hurdle

Legislation that would require all kidnappers with nationalist motives to be sentenced with life in prison passed a preliminary vote in the Knesset Wednesday.

The bill by MK Motti Yogev (Bayit Yehudi) would prohibit courts from giving kidnappers a lighter sentence, and specifies that it applies to someone who abducts another person with nationalist motives to endanger that person’s life or in order to use him as a negotiating card.

Yogev proposed the bill in light of the kidnapping and murder of three teenage boys in Gush Etzion last summer.


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