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Israeli political leaders on Sunday agreed to submit a draft bill to parliament enabling capital punishment for "terrorists", Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beitenu party said in a statement, DW reported quoting AFP.

Although the statement's wording was not explicit, the bill is aimed at Palestinian militants, in line with Lieberman's past pledges.

"Today the death penalty bill for terrorists has finally been approved by the coalition leaders' forum," the Hebrew-language announcement said, referring to the heads of the six political parties which comprise the governing coalition.

"The legislation should be very simple and very clear -- a terrorist who comes to kill innocent civilians will be sentenced to death," it said.

The statement quoted Lieberman as saying that if passed into law the bill would be a powerful deterrent and a counterweight to Palestinian assailants' hopes that after a spell in jail they could be freed in a political deal or prisoner exchange.

"We must not allow terrorists to know that after a murder they have committed, they will sit in prison, enjoy (comfortable) conditions and may be released in the future," Lieberman wrote.

The statement did not set a date for the bill to be put before parliament.

It would need to pass four readings before becoming law, and could then risk being struck down by the Supreme Court.

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