Striking the first blow in one of the government’s plans to hit back at terrorism, Interior Minister Gilad Erdan revoked the permanent resident status of Mahmoud Nadi, convicted of driving the suicide bomber to the infamous 2001 attack on Tel Aviv’s Dolphinarium night spot that killed 21 and wounded 132.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday with an announcement that he has directed Erdan and Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit to draft a bill on the matter.
The decision takes away Nadi’s social entitlements, including his right to healthcare and National Insurance benefits.
Nadi was sentenced to a 10 year prison sentence for his role in the attack. He is from Jaljulia, an Arab village near Kfar Saba.
The letter to him from the recently appointed Interior Minister read: “Under the circumstances and given the gravity of your acts and your breach of loyalty as a resident of the State of Israel … I have decided to cancel your permanent resident status in Israel.
“It is inconceivable that someone who attacks Israeli citizens, or calls for the destruction of Israel — and their family members who support him, will enjoy rights from the National Security Institute,” Netanyahu said. “This law is important to extract a price from attackers and inciters, from rock and firebomb throwers, and is a complementary step to the demolition of the homes of terrorists and the creating of deterrence against attackers and inciters.”