Elihai Ben-Yishai, the brother of Ruti Fogel Hy''d, took part in the Knesset Interior Committee discussion Wednesday, debating the fourth release of Arab terrorists by the Israeli government. Ruti was murdered in 2011 by Arab terrorists in her Itamar home in Samaria, along with her husband and three young children.
"The problem would be solved if they would kill the terrorists, that's the solution," argued Ben-Yishai. "If we would kill these degenerates at the start we wouldn't be in this unethical situation (of releasing terrorists)."
Ben-Yishai responded to the reports Wednesday that the US intends to free Jonathan Pollard, now in his 29th year of imprisonment over charges of spying for Israel, in exchange for the fourth batch of terrorist releases, made as a "gesture" to advance peace talks. The US has already denied plans to release Pollard.
"From an ethical and Jewish standpoint" which seeks to preserve innocent human life "we need to eliminate the evil. To turn the debate from being value-based to being political, that in exchange for freeing prisoners we'll get Pollard or construction in Judea and Samaria, that's not related. We must not free terrorists," stressed Ben-Yishai.
"This is our cry as a bereaved family, a cry stemming from a will to live," noted the bereaved brother. Just a few weeks ago the third anniversary of the Fogel massacre was held. The youngest of the murdered children was Hadas, a three-month old infant.
In his comments, Ben-Yishai stressed that in discussing terrorist releases one should first of all focus on the factors leading terrorists to "get up in the morning" and attack innocents. The releases, he suggested, encourage more terrorists to make that decision to attack.
'The Jews are the terrorists'
Arab MK Basel Ghattas (Balad) entered the room while Ben-Yishai was in the middle of talking, at which point he asked for Ben-Yishai to be identified.
After being told by Committee Chairperson MK Miri Regev (Likud) the Fogels' story, the Arab MK justified the murder by asking "what are you doing in the settlements? As long as you're there, there won't be peace. We're the victims because we don't have a homeland."
"Terrorists sat at the head of the Israeli governments," claimed Ghattas. "Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir who were defined by the British law as terrorists sat as prime ministers, don't preach us morals."
Regev responded to Ghattes, saying "there won't be a Palestinian country, I promise you, just a Jewish country and Gaza."