Life imprisonment in Israel

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Life imprisonment in Israel is legal and the most severe punishment available under Israeli law during peacetime.


During wartime, the death penalty is applicable for certain crimes in Israel. Life imprisonment is mandatory in all cases of murder, except in certain circumstances when the sentence is sometimes reduced. Life imprisonment is also used in cases of terrorism, as well as kidnapping and attempted murder. Israeli law also allows life sentences for juveniles under age 18 if convicted of murder. Israel is one of the few countries that allows this.

As a matter of tradition, the President reduces almost all life sentences to a determinate sentence, usually within the range of 20-30 years, with the possibility of parole after one-third of that sentence is served.