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‘Party Is Over’ for Convicted Terrorists in Israeli Prisons, Says Security Minister

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Palestinian political prisoners sit and talk in their cell in a jail in the Ayalon complex. Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90. – In a new bid to deter terrorism, Israel will lower prison conditions to make them as basic as possible while still conforming to international law, according to Strategic Affairs and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Erdan said security and criminal prisoners should be treated differently. He continued, saying the changes would both “fulfill our moral duty to terror victims and their families,” as well as “deter would-be terrorists.”

“When it comes to security prisoners, one of the main goals of imprisonment—rehabilitation—does not exist, because prisoners are instilled with a terrorist ideology that does not regret their actions. The party is over,” declared Erdan.

The move is the culmination of seven months of work by a committee established to find ways to make imprisonment harder for convicted terrorists.

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