Representatives of the families of the hostages held in Gaza on Monday asked the government to suspend the law on the death penalty for terrorists, arguing during a heated session of the Knesset National Security Committee that the -approving it harms their loved ones. Haaretz.
“I beg them not to benefit from our suffering today,” he said. Gil Dickmann to the Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir.
Dickmannwhose cousin was kidnapped on October 7 by terrorists from Hamas, explains that the law is ineffective “when the lives of our loved ones are at stake, when the sword is around their necks.”
The bill, presented by the representative Limor Son of Har-Melej at the party Otzma Yehudit, was approved in March in its preliminary reading despite the opposition of the attorney general Gali Baharav-Miara.
In the hearing on Monday, Dickmann He told the members of the committee in tears: “You know that this law cannot be approved now and that there are ways to do things without making noise in the media. Please, there will be time to discuss this later… Please join us on the side of life, not the side of death. I ask you to remove it from the agenda. “
Some relatives of the hostages echoed the call of Dickmann, including Udi Goren, whose cousin, Tal Haimikidnapped, arrived from his home in Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak.
“If your father is in the tunnel, Hamas At this point, do you think that discussing the death penalty for terrorists will contribute to their return from Gaza?”, asked Goren to the committee, and he warned that approving the death penalty for terrorists today would “turn captives into martyrs.”
“Choose our lives over the deaths of our enemies. I hope it is clear to everyone that this is not a computer game and that these people will only come back through negotiations. We are not Ramboand the FDI They can’t get it from the basements, because even Hamas itself doesn’t know where they are. Part of the steps is negotiation, and within the negotiation there will be a ceasefire,” he said.
After approaching Dickmann and hugging her, Ben Gvir He stated that his party’s legislation “promotes the return” of the hostages.
The committee quickly descended into shouting matches, while Avoda deputy Gilad Kariv was kicked out of the room while shouting. Ben Gvir said that he is a “pathetic populist” after he demanded to know why there is no representative of the Shin Bet security service, to which Son Har-Melech called the question “populist and cheap.”
Shouting into the microphone, Jen Avigdor, whose wife Sharon And your daughter Noam kidnapped from Kibbutz Be’er, asked the legislators: “Stop talking about death and talk about life,” where the deputy Almog Cohen He replied that his pain did not give him a “mandate” to decide.
Ben Gvir He alleged that “the possibility of bringing home his daughter and wife is greater than the death penalty for terrorists.” In response, Avigdor He demanded that the minister promise that he will resign if his daughter and his wife are not released.
Later, Ben Gvir He tweeted a picture of himself in a hug with Dickmann during the committee meeting, kneeling, with the caption, “While he loves the families of the hostages, the death penalty law is necessary to prevent terrorism.”
Dickmann replied that he said Ben Gvir would not hug him and added that the minister “created a circus of blood in our family.”