Famous outbursts by Cheshin

February 16, 2006 18:48
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Cheshin on family reunification law and Hamas-led Palestinian Authority: 'The question is whether we should let these people [Palestinians] into the country when Israelis are being killed all the time. Even one Israeli soul is precious. Why should we endanger it? We are talking here about life, and that is a higher value than family rights. We are talking about life and death.' On Amona outpost anti-demolition petition: 'People are calling for a struggle using force if the petition is rejected. They are building earthworks and trenches. I have read the state's response and have viewed the Internet site of the committee for the struggle on behalf of Amona. The court does not give remedy to those that take the law into their own hands.' On political corruption: "People in Israel have lost all shame. In the past when a minister was suspected of corruption, he shot himself in the head [alluding to housing minister Avraham Ofer, who in 1975 committed suicide without having been charged, simply because he could not bear the slur of suspicion on his reputation]. Today, a minister who has been charged with a crime has no problem sitting in the government. On school meal programs: Parents who want their children to enjoy state-subsidized lunches ought to send their kids to state schools. When it comes to funding, it is permissible to differentiate between those who are different, and this is not discrimination between those who are the same. On disengagement compensation: 'The nation of Israel, via the government and Knesset, has decided that it wants to disengage from these places,' he told the state. 'The nation of Israel has decided to disengage, the nation of Israel must pay.' On Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, the rabbi of Beit El, who urged settlers to remain in their homes for as long as it takes until soldiers come to expel them. Aviner was 'rebelling against the authority of the state. These people are calling on the settlers to break the law. One must speak from the head, not the gut. You tell us you want to break the law. It is hard for me as a judge to listen to this. You come to us with this one week before the disengagement. The settlers shouldn't even be there any more. I have no doubt that the state would have helped them if they had asked it to find new homes for them.' On Yigal Amir conjugal visits: 'When we take everything into account - Amir's past actions, his dogged determination to carry out his violent aims, the fact that he is the idol and model for extremist elements, his connections with extremist elements, the fact that he did not express regret for his terrible murder, his efforts to persuade others of the justness of his violent ways and the need to perpetrate them today, as well, and above all: the inability [of the prison authorities] to keep an eye on him when [Amir and Trimbobler] are alone - all these facts lead us to the conclusion that the Prisons Service decision not to allow Amir and Trimbobler to be alone with each other was reasonable and correct.'

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