Knesset Approves New Army Code; Death Penalty for Treason

The Israel Parliament gave final approval today to a new army code to supersede the Haganah military code which has been in effect in the country’s armed forces since 1948.

The code will affect members of the armed forces, civilian employes of the army and private firms working for the armed services. One of the major features of the new system of military legislation is its continuation of the death sentence for treason. The House was divided on this point, but accepted it after an impassioned plea by Defense Minister David Ben Gurion.

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