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MK Shaked: Implement Death Penalty for Terrorists

MK Ayelet Shaked calls for implementing the death penalty for terrorists, saying the gov't cannot be trusted to keep them in jail.
By David Lev and Ari Soffer
First Publish: 8/12/2013, 6:36 PM

Ayelet Shaked
Ayelet Shaked
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MK Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) on Monday called for implementing the death penalty for terrorists. She said the measure was necessary to ensure that terrorist murderers are "never released." 

At a protest at the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv against the release of 26 terrorists that the government confirmed earlier Monday would be set free, Shaked said that the only way to guarantee that the government did not use terrorists who killed Israelis and Jews as “negotiation cards,” as was currently happening, was to kill the terrorists.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's office said that the terrorists will be released about 48 hours after the publication of the list. It was emphasized that if one of the terrorists resumes hostile activity against the State of Israel after his release, he will be returned to prison to continue serving his sentence.

The full list was made public on the Israel Prisons Service website on Sunday night, which revealed that 17 terrorists who were convicted of murdering Israelis, including three who axed to death senior citizens, are among the 26 terrorists that Israel will set free this week. 

Earlier on Sunday, families of victims of terrorism marched through Jerusalem in a protest against the government’s plan to approve the release of 26 terrorists.

The 26 are the first "installment" of 104 terrorists to be released as a "goodwill gesture" to the Palestinian Authority (PA), in preparation for "peace talks" which are set to restart in the coming days.

“The State of Israel does not know how to keep terrorists in prison,” Shaked said. “Unfortunately we have no choice but to ensure that murderers, like those who killed the Fogel family, who killed a three month old and his parents, are never released.”

The only way to do that was to eliminate the terrorists, she declared.

Shaked was referring to the massacre in June 2011 of five members of the Fogel family of Itamar: father Ehud (Udi) Fogel, mother Ruth Fogel, and three of their six children - Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and Hadas, the youngest, a three-month-old infant. The Fogel family's murderers are still in prison, but Shaked said she would not be surprised if they were released in a future negotiation deal or Israeli “gesture” to the PA.

“The only way to solve this is with a death penalty,” she said, pointing out that “The law is already on the books, as the IDF has the right to execute terrorists. We just need to make sure the law is implemented in extreme circumstances."

False information?

Earlier Monday, Arutz Sheva revealed that despite government claims that the murderers being freed as a “gesture” to the Palestinian Authority (PA) committed their acts before the signing of the "Oslo accords," at least four of them carried out their crimes after the accords were signed on the White House lawn on September 13, 1993.

The government has communicated the idea that releasing terrorists who commited their crimes after the signing of the accords is worse than releasing ones who did so before the signing. The reasoning behind this is that before the accords were signed, Israel and the “Palestinians” were at war with each other, whereas murders committed afterward breached the accord signed by the two entities.

However, Arutz Sheva's Hagai Huberman revealed that four of those to be released - Faiz Madhat Barbak, Salem Ali Abu Musa, Ahmad Abu-Sita and Muhammad Abu-Sita - all committed their crimes after the signing of the accords.

Faiz Madhat Barbak and two other terrorists murdered Moshe Becker in Rishon Letzion on January 21, 1994, as he came to work at his orchard.

Salem Ali Abu Musa and other terrorists murdered Holocaust-survivor Isaac Rotenberg as he was fixing a floor in Petach Tikva on March 31, 1994.

Ahmad Abu-Sita and Muhammad Abu-Sita – two construction workers from Gaza who came to Israel to work in an apartment in Ramla – murdered David Dedi and Haim Weizman in their sleep in December of 1993.

These murders could be said to have taken place before the signing of the “Oslo B” accord, but they certainly did not take place befire the signing of the Oslo accords, as the government has claimed.