Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has requested permission to deport relatives of alleged Palestinian attackers from the occupied West Bank to the besieged Gaza Strip. The premier made the appeal in a letter to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit on Wednesday, claiming that such a move “will dramatically reduce terrorist activities.” Assailants have carried out many attacks in recent months, Netanyahu claimed, adding, they sometimes come from families who encourage their activities. The Israeli premier also called for Mandelblit’s “legal opinion” regarding the possibility of transferring families of the purported attackers to Gaza. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Netanyahu defended the proposal on his Twitter account, claiming that such action “will lead to a significant decrease in terrorist attacks.” Last month, a member of Netanyahu's cabinet, who is also a political rival of the prime minister, raised the initiative of deporting relatives of alleged attackers to Gaza or Syria. The attorney general, however, rejected the measure, saying such expulsions violate both Israeli and international law. Since the start of October 2015, nearly 190 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in what is regarded as the third Palestinian intifada (uprising).