Monday, May 11, 2015

MK calls for former diplomat to be indicted for treason

From Arutz Sheva, 28 April 2015, by Shlomo Pitrikovsky, Gil Ronen

Yinon Magal
Yinon Magal                 Flash 90 / Moshe Shai

MK Yinon Magal (Jewish Home) has asked Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to file charges against the former Director of the Foreign Ministry, Alon Liel, on allegations of treason for lobbying European parliaments to support PA state in Jerusalem.

Alon Liel: Foreign Ministry's director-general, November 2000 until April 2001

According to Magal, Liel has been working to get European parliaments to recognize a Palestinian state on 1967 borders, and in some cases has explicitly stated that such a state should have eastern Jerusalem as its capital.

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.

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