(JNi.media) Interior Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud) began the process of revoking the citizenship of a terrorist, with the approval of Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.
The Interior Ministry received the approval of the Attorney General to revoke the citizenship of Mohammed Mufarja, a Palestinian Authority resident who became an Israeli citizen under the Family Unification Law by virtue of his father’s marriage to an Israeli woman. His Israeli identity card gave him relatively easy access to Tel Aviv, in December 2012, where he got on the number 142 bus one day after his 18th birthday with a bag full of bombs in his bag. He hid the bag of explosives, got off the bus and ten minutes later activated the explosives using a cellphone. He then took a train from Tel Aviv to Modi’in, to arrive on time at his job in a McDonald’s restaurant.
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) told Israel Radio Friday that the families of terrorists who were involved in or supported their crimes will also lose their residency, assets belonging to terrorists will be confiscated and their homes demolished.
Shaked added that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is a terrorist and not a partner for negotiations. She noted that the Palestinian Authority’s incitement against Israel is perpetual, and that it is time to shut down the Palestinian TV. Regarding the US Administration insinuation that Israel uses excessive force to suppress Arab violence, Shaked said that it suggests a total misunderstanding, or hypocrisy on the part of the Administration.
Israel Hayom, the daily freebee which usually supports Benjamin Netanyahu, on Friday accused Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, the two most prominent Bayit Yehudi leaders, of attempting to circle the PM from the right, and of attacking him from inside the government. The newspaper accuses Education Minister Bennett of failing to remove Jordanian textbooks fom Arab schools in east Jerusalem, and says Shaked is not going to get too far with her initiative of broad citizenship revocations against Arab terrorists.
Israel Hayom suggests these moves on the part of Bayit Yehudi are timed to push back Netanyahu’s efforts to open up his government to additional parties, in what the newspaper says is the national interest.