Sunday, November 25, 2007

Security: Knesset to discuss new security legislation

The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee are set to discuss new regulations enabling authorities to declare foreign organizations and citizens terrorists.

The regulations are designed to conform to international declarations on terrorism used by the United Nations and in the West.

There has been a long delay in presenting the new regulations to the approval of the Knesset, partly due to disagreement between security officials the definition of a terrorist. Security agencies claim they should be the ones to decide. Currently the deciding authority is "one appointed by the prime minister."

Another point of contention remains between the state and the banks, and the method through which the authorities will inform the financial institutions that they have declared someone "terrorist."