Legality of mourning tent for terrorist examined

olmert cabinet 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
olmert cabinet 224.88
(photo credit: AP)
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert held consultations Sunday with officials regarding the mourning tent erected at the home of the family of the terrorist. The legal status of the terrorist's burial was also being discussed. The prime minister issued instructions to look into the possibility of tearing down the tent, calling it an illegal structure, Israel Radio reported. From the National Insurance Institute (NII) inquiry it emerged that the killer's parents were not entitled to benefit payments for their son's death. The NII also decided to withhold burial assistance. On Sunday morning, in accordance with police orders, the family removed Hamas and Hizbullah flags they had hung on the mourning tent. Earlier Sunday, at the weekly cabinet meeting, Olmert said that the terrorist didn't arrive at the yeshiva by chance but intended to attack a "flagship of religious Zionism." "The attacker didn't come to Mercaz Harav Yeshiva by chance, it wasn't a place the killer just happened upon when looking for would-be victims," he said. "The yeshiva is a special place in Jerusalem. I know the yeshiva and its students well. And Israel has great appreciation for it." Olmert paid tribute to the eight victims of Thursday's deadly attack. "There is great pain following the killings and the atrocious murder. Regardless of any differences of opinion, we are all part of this pain. May their memories be blessed." Olmert announced that Sunday's meeting would deal mainly with security issues. "I want to say to the people of Israel that there are threats and concerns, but the fact that today we will principally discuss these issues does not mean we have no response," he said. "The State of Israel has a response to every threat and the ability to act against any danger [we face]. We have the know-how, courage and strength to confront anything likely to threaten the security of Israeli citizens." During the meeting, Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Eli Yishai proposed introducing a law to revoke the blue Israeli identity card or residency status from the family of anyone who perpetrates a terror attack and to immediately destroy the family's house. He also said that a law should be passed in order to secure every educational institution and that the state should fund this security according to predetermined criteria and the circumstances.