MK Zehava Galon (Meretz), who is known for her consistent support of the Arab side in the political conflict between Arabs and Jews, wasted little time Wednesday in responding to a proposal by MK Orit Struk to allow Jewish farmers to defend themselves with weapons.
MK Struk, of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) faction, has called to end the wave of property crimes targeting Jewish in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) by giving Israeli farmers in the region leave to open fire on intruders.
"It turns out that the Knesset member and human rights activist Orit Struk," she wrote caustically on her Facebook page, "has decided to import the deranged standards of the Jewish settlement in Hevron into the Knesset."
"Struk decided to remove the legal limitations currently in place on opening fire in the Territories, and to remove criminal liability from settlers who wish to fire upon Palestinians who are damaging their property," she accused.
"While it is true that Struk has gotten used to the fact that settlers are above the law in the Wild West that she hails from, and that the Territories are a private playground where Jews can do as they please – here, inside the borders, law has meaning and even logic."
"The logic behind these restraints is that we do not trust Struk and her Hilltop Youth," Galon explained.
In response, MK Struk said that Galon is simply unfamiliar with the law. The so-called Dromi Law – which allows farmers to shoot at trespassers – already applies to Judea and Samaria, she said, and the only question is, "by what authority is the military commander – or rather, his legal advisor – robbing Israeli citizens in Judea and Samaria of the rights and protections that the Knesset has already decided, long ago, to give them, and by what authority has he decided to leave their property open to attack?"
While the Dromi Law should apply to Judea and Samaria automatically, due to the fact that it is part of the criminal legal code, in practice, the IDF applies its own restrictive rules regarding opening fire in an attempt to avoid conflict between Israelis and Palestinian Authority resident Arabs. IDF regulations say a gun may be fired in self-defense only in case of an imminent attack with a deadly weapon. The would-be attacker must be actually holding the weapon in order to justify gunfire.