Intelligence and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said that Barghouti should have been given the death penalty instead of life imprisonment. Katz tweeted that carrying out the death penalty “would have prevented the hunger strike…When a despicable murderer like Barghouti protests in prison for improved conditions, while the relatives of those he murdered are still in pain, there is only one solution, death penalty for terrorists.”Katz said “the current law allows for the death penalty to be applied to convicted terrorists but prosecutors have consistently refrained from seeking the punishment.”
Meanwhile Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan vowed not to negotiate with Palestinian hunger strikers, saying that Barghouti had been moved to another prison and placed in solitary confinement. “They are terrorists and incarcerated murderers who are getting what they deserve and we have no reason to negotiate with them,” Erdan told occupation army radio. Barghouti’s call for the strike has given it added credibility, with the 57-year-old serving five life sentences over his role in the second Palestinian intifada or uprising.
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