Right-wing leaders in the coalition and in Yehudah and Shomron were demanding bolder action on Thursday in response to this week’s series of terror attacks.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett announced that his bill to expel the families of terrorists to Gaza will be put to a vote Sunday at the Ministerial Committee for Legislation.
“Thus far, under pressure from legal officials, [Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu] has asked us to postpone the vote. I have now decided to bring the matter to a vote. I expect the full backing of the prime minister and the other ministers for this law,” Bennett said in an online posting.
“The terrorists have ceased to be afraid,” Bennett said. “If the legal bodies tie the prime minister’s hands from restoring deterrence, we’ll do it ourselves.”
If enacted, the law, drafted by Jewish Home MK Matti Yogev, would authorize the IDF Central Regional Commander to expel a terrorist’s family within seven days of an attack from their area of residence to another area in Yehudah and Shomron to increase deterrence.
“The wave of terror attacks is taking place because the terrorists have stopped being afraid of us. Jews are being killed because participation in terror attacks has become a lucrative business, and litigiousness paralyzes the defense establishment from action: They haven’t demolished more than 105 terrorist homes, they haven’t stopped murderers’ salaries, and they haven’t expelled terrorists,” Bennett asserted on Thursday.
Yossi Dagan, head of the Shomron Regional Council, said the government is failing to protect its citizens.
“We are done agreeing to let our residents be killed,” Dagan said. “We have a responsibility for the lives of our residents and the lives of the citizens of Israel. And we are done being silent.”
The Yesha council of community leaders held a meeting Thursday at the site of the deadly shooting attack near Givat Assaf earlier in the day.
Yisrael Gantz, head of the Binyamin Regional Council declared that the regional councils and schools in these communities will go on strike Friday to protest the unchecked terror spree.
“Route 60 had been closed to Palestinians in the past and since the road has been opened there has been nothing but terror,” Gantz noted.
On Sunday, the councils plan to go on strike, including closing schools, to go to Yerushalayim and “tell the prime minister, ‘Enough! Enough with the murders, enough with the spilled blood.”