Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said on Thursday that tougher penalties for rock-thowers will be an early goal for her office, and intends to put it on the agenda of the Ministerial Committee on Legislation starting on Sunday, The Jerusalem Post reported.
It represents a continuation of an initiative of her predecessor Tzipi Livni, which was approved by the cabinet last November. That proposal would have raised to 20 years in prison the maximum penalty for people who throw rocks at vehicles.
However, no details were immediately available on the Shaked version of the bill, which will require a vote in the Knesset plenum.
Arrests for stone-throwing lead to approximately 1,000 indictments annually. In some cases, the attacks led to serious injury and even death, as in the attacks on Asher Palmer and baby Adele Biton, Hy”d.