Michael Ben Ari 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Right-wing politicians argued on Sunday over how harsh a punishment should be
meted out to the murderers of the Fogel family, whose identities were revealed
Several MKs called for the death penalty, which can only be
given to Nazis according to the civil law but is permitted according to the
military law applied in Judea and Samaria.
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A legal expert said terrorists
had been sentenced to death in military courts but they had successfully
“We need to change the system of punishing terrorists in Israel
in order to restore deterrence,” MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) said. “Israel needs
to make an ethical decision that any terrorist who kills civilians for
ideological reasons will get the death penalty. When there is a death penalty,
they will know they won’t be freed in a prisoner exchange after getting a degree
and watching cable TV in the summer camp we call a prison.”
Union MK Uri Ariel called the Fogels’ murderers “monsters” and said they should
be given a trial and put to death if convicted.
Deputy Negev and Galilee
Development Minister Ayoub Kara (Likud) said that only the death penalty and
changing weak diplomatic policies could reduce the motivation of bloodthirsty
murderers to kill innocents.
National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari went a
step further and suggested allowing 12- year-old Tamar Fogel to participate in
the execution of the murderers of her parents and three of her siblings. He said
that if the murderers are not executed, the entire process of finding them would
end up being a waste of time.
“The time has come for Israel to stop being
the sucker of the Middle East,” Ben-Ari said. “We need the death penalty
National Union chairman Ya’acov Katz did not rule out the death
penalty but warned that if it would be ineffective in restoring deterrence
unless it was combined with serious diplomatic steps like annexing Judea and
Samaria, building new settlements, and expelling Arabs.
penalty is too weak an approach,” Katz said.
“In America, the death
penalty doesn’t prevent murders. We are not murderers. We are a healthy
nation. There are many ways to make Arabs not dare to kill Jews. Arabs respect
force. They need to know that we are staying here forever and that if they
murder, their town’s population will pay a heavy price.”
But Labor MK
Daniel Ben- Simon said he was proud that the only man ever given the death
penalty in Israel was Holocaust organizer Adolf Eichmann, despite the many
terrorists attacks the country has faced. He said he would not like Israel to
join the United States and other countries that execute people.
horrid and insane as these murders were, we in Israel do not execute people,”
“Despite the pain, I don’t think we should change this
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