Zeev Jabotinsky, an Israeli computer software engineer, Likud party member and grandson of the legendary Revisionist-Zionist leader, is calling upon Israel to capture members of the Hamas leadership and bring them to trial in Israel.

In the wake of the April 7th Hamas rocket attack on an Israeli school bus that left a 16 year-old boy gravely wounded, Jabotinsky granted Inside Israel an exclusive interview from his home in central Israel. He says Israeli leaders must show zero-tolerance and should mount an effective “deterrent” toward Hamas in the face of what he called its “crimes against humanity” in targeting Israel's civilian population. 

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“This missile was authorized by the chief-of-staff of Hamas, and this is already the highest level possible,” said Jabotinsky, who says Hamas' political and military leadership are one and the same. “We should capture them, bring them to justice in Israel, have them tried for crimes against humanity, and demand the fullest punishment under Israeli law – which is capital punishment.”

The man whose grandfather first championed Jewish self defense in the wake of Russian pogroms at the turn of the 20th century, also criticized Israel's Defense Minister, Ehud Barak for not taking military action to free captured Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit, being held by Hamas for nearly five years.

“I don't understand why the defense minister has not made any attempt so far to do it by force,” said Jabotinsky, 57.  “It should be one of the means to release him, in the arsenal, that the government of Israel must have. And if he can't do it, maybe somebody else can.”

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