Israel was among the first countries to legalize torture against political prisoners that it labeled terrorists. In Israel, these prisoners are Palestinians who have been detained for some level of resistance activity against Israel. They may or may not have been plotting or engaged in terrorist groups, plans or activities.
In 1987, the Israeli courts legalized "moderate physical pressure" against detainees. In September 1999, the Israeli Supreme Court outlawed six interrogation practices including violent shaking and sleep deprivation.
According to Human Rights Watch, Israel also sanctions "exceptional interrogation means in "ticking time bomb," scenarios, cases where it is believed that a suspect has information that will forestall an attack.