Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) on Thursday paid a condolence visit to the family of 20 year-old Shelly Dadon, who was found murdered last week in Migdal Haemek in what is believed to be a terror attack.
During the visit, Ariel said that terrorist murderers should not be released from prison, adding that doing so only encourages more murders.
"It is forbidden to release murderers. When you release murderers each of them do the simple math. Every release encourages the next murder," he said.
"We need to be more aggressive," added Minister Ariel. “When we release murderers they recognize the weakness and act accordingly. Releasing murderers is against Jewish ethics and law. You do not release murderers because when you do it once, you end up doing it again and again.”
Yaakov Dadon, Shelly’s father told Ariel, "There have been several ministers here and they all promised me that now, after this incident, no more murderers will be freed. We should ensure that they keep their word.”
Dadon had been on her way to a job interview but did not make contact with her family for several hours. Family say she tried to make contact, saying she was being strangled; when they found out that she had never shown up for the interview, they contacted police. Her body was found a short time later by patrolmen.
Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch said earlier this week that there was “a dramatic development” in the investigation into Dadon’s murder, but a court has imposed a gag order on the details of the investigation.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Yaakov Dadon this week that police were making "every effort" to arrest those responsible for the murder.
Sources say that while the Shin Bet stated that the murder is a terror attack - not a criminal murder - both possibilities are being investigated. Police are still looking into all leads in the case.