Yinon Magal Flash 90 / Moshe Shai
Alon Liel: Foreign Ministry's director-general, November 2000 until April 2001
In a letter to Weinstein, Magal noted that section 97b of the penal code, under the heading “Treason,” refers to “a person who, with the purpose of causing any territory to be removed from the sovereignty of the state or to enter the sovereignty of a foreign state, took action to bring this about” and defines the maximal penalties for this as death or life in prison.
Magal notes that he does not think Liel's alleged actions merit the most severe punishment, but says that the very fact that the law set the punishment at such a high level means that it cannot be ignored.
..Liel holds radical viewpoints which the majority of Israelis, even those on the Left, oppose, from calling high school trips to the Golan “a provocation" in 2007, to saying that Jonathan Pollard is not a hero, but a man who betrayed his country.
Liel's wife, Rachel Liel, is the President of the New Israel Fund.