Israel to stop returning terrorists’ bodies in wake of Tel Aviv attack

Israel on Thursday announced a series of measures after a cabinet meeting prompted by a deadly terror attack Wednesday night in Tel Aviv, including a decision to stop returning the bodies of slain Palestinian terrorists to their families, according to Army Radio.

Recently sworn-in Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman reportedly made the decision to halt the return of bodies, said the report.

A cemetery for terrorists is being planned.

He also pushed for faster demolitions of Palestinian terrorists’ homes at the meeting.

The cabinet also decided to revoke entry permits extended to Palestinians for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, affecting tens of thousands of Arabs.

The government also revoked work permits for 204 relatives of the terrorists.

The military locked down the Arab town of Yatta, where the terrorists were from, with soldiers patrolling and stopping cars as they entered and exited.


“Yatta village has been completely cordoned off,” the government said in a statement after the security cabinet meeting.

The army said it was sending two additional battalions — hundreds more troops — into Judea and Samaria.