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Knesset to Discuss Draft Law on Execution of Palestinian Captives

Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir announced that a parliamentary committee’s affiliated to the Knesset will discuss a bill proposing the execution of Palestinian captives.

“The National Security Affairs Committee will deliberate the bill on the execution of Palestinian captives next Monday,” added Ben-Gvir.


Bill’s Background

The law is part of the agreements that aim to strike a deal for forming the government coalition led by Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Ben-Gvir in late 2022.

Content of the Proposed Law

In March, the Knesset preliminarily approved a bill allowing the death penalty for Palestinian captives “convicted of killing Israelis.”

The bill, endorsed by Netanyahu, stipulates the death penalty for anyone who intentionally or carelessly causes the death of an Israeli citizen out of racism, hatred or intent to harm Israel.

Previous Attempts and Procedures

The execution law has been proposed several times in Israel but was rejected by the Knesset.

The bill requires three readings in the Knesset to become enforceable, in addition to the preliminary reading.

KSA Calling for Ceasefire

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, has been actively urging the international community, including key players like China, to push for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

This call for peace comes amid escalating tensions and violence in the region, with dire consequences for civilians.

The Saudi FM’s initiative is part of a broader diplomatic effort to bring stability and humanitarian aid to Gaza, highlighting the urgency of the situation.

The Call for International Action

Prince Faisal emphasized, in a high-level meeting  with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the need for concerted international efforts to stop Israel’s violations in Gaza.

 Representatives from various Arab and Islamic countries attended the meeting.

He also stressed the importance of an immediate ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid to the region.

This meeting was part of a tour to the permanent member states of the United Nations’ Security Council, underlining the global scope of the issue​​.

Escalating Violence and Humanitarian Crisis

Moreover, the situation in Gaza has been marked by dangerous escalations, resulting in significant loss of life.

Reports indicate that approximately 12,000 people have been killed due to the ongoing violence​​. The crisis is not only a regional issue but also a humanitarian disaster with global implications.

The Saudi FM’s call to action reflects the urgent need to address both the immediate violence and its broader humanitarian impacts.

Broader Diplomatic Efforts and Historical Context

Accordingly, these talks reflect an increasing threat to civilian life. Furthermore, China’s historical sympathy towards the Palestinians.

Additionally, the crisis in Gaza is a complex and multifaceted issue, requiring a unified international response.

Saudi Arabia is spearheading efforts to bring together global powers, including China, to work towards a peaceful resolution. This collaboration is crucial in ending the current crisis and establishing a foundation for long-term stability in the region.

Prince Faisal’s call for international cooperation is not only a diplomatic necessity but also a moral imperative to safeguard the lives of those affected by the conflict in Gaza​​.

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