Death Penalty for Terrorists? Netanyahu Backs Bill

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Prime Minister Netanyahu backed a bill Sunday that would impose the death penalty on terrorists.

The idea has long enjoyed popular support, but lawmakers have been reluctant to change the status quo in Israel, where the death penalty can only be imposed by a unanimous court decision.

But now, after pressure from Jewish Home secretary Naftali Bennett, Netanyahu is backing the bill, which would allow a majority on civilian and military courts to impose the death penalty for terrorist acts.

The bill will son get its first reading in the Knesset.

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