(A bill sets binding conditions on any government in respect of the content and form of prisoner exchange deals. First and foremost, the bill prohibits the release of any prisoner who was convicted of operations that resulted in Israeli casualties.)


Initiator: Elazar Stern (Yesh Atid)
Bill No. 5047/20/F

MK Elazar Stern of the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party proposed a bill, which sets binding conditions on the government when it concludes and implements prisoner exchange deals. Of these conditions, any prisoner who was convicted by Israeli courts of operations that resulted in Israeli casualties will not be released in exchange for “one abductee”. Also, such a prisoner may not be released in exchange for a withheld corpse of an Israeli.

Additionally, the bill provides that the maximum number of prisoners the government can release is 10, on condition that they were not convicted of murder. The bill further prescribes that the government has the right to withhold corpses of Palestinian and Arab fighters in order to be returned through a prisoner exchange deal.

Prospects of the bill:
As usual, government reject laws which would restrain it when prisoner exchange deals are concluded in the future. Hence, the prospects of the bill are very low.

Saturday, October 23, 2021


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