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Israel Cabinet Approves Ratification of Convention on Hijacking

The Cabinet decided today that Israel will ratify the 1963 Tokyo draft convention on aerial crimes which obligates the signatories to prevent and take action against the hijacking of commercial aircraft. Israel will be the seventh nation to ratify the convention which requires 12 signatures in order to become effective international law. Israel’s ratification will require certain legislative changes which are expected to be approved by the Knesset (parliament) after which the Israel Government will deposit its instrument of ratification with the United Nations. The anti-hijacking clause binds the signatory nations to the speediest possible release of hijacked aircraft and their passengers and crew landed on their territory.