MOSCOW, November 2 (RIA Novosti) — The Israeli cabinet has amended the penal code in order to toughen the penalty on Palestinians convicted of throwing stones at Israeli targets, Middle East Monitor reported Sunday.
"Israel is strongly acting against terrorists, against who throw stones, Molotov cocktails and fireworks," the newspaper quoted Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as saying at the weekly cabinet meeting.
The amendments allow sentencing the perpetrators for up to 20 years in jail. Those who throw rocks at police officers in a bid to disrupt their work could also be sentenced for up to 5 years in prison according to the new laws.
Over the past few months Israeli vehicles, including train cars, have been repeatedly attacked by Palestinians who threw stones at them and endangered the lives of Israeli citizens.
The situation intensified following the recent confrontation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Three Israeli teenagers were abducted and killed on June 12 in the West Bank.