Galon: destroying terrorists' homes 'ineffective'

Far-left leader upholds controversial High Court decision to postpone deterrence measure, claims terrorists are protected under judiciary.

Tova Dvorin ,

Zehava Galon
Zehava Galon
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Meretz chairperson Zehava Galon upheld the High Court decision to postpone the demolition of seven terrorists' homes on Friday, saying "the tongue-lashing dispatched from Yariv Levin and his colleagues are a public lynching of the High Court." 

"There is an ongoing campaign by Yariv Levin and his friends to fight the judicial activism of the judiciary," Galon claimed in an Army Radio interview Friday morning. "They are taking advantage of the difficult atmosphere to undermine the Court."

Galon further claimed that destroying homes of the terrorists, who murdered seven Jews, "is not the right way to fight terrorism and has proved to be ineffective and unjust" - despite the fact that her Meretz party supports similar demolitions of Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria.  

Regardless, she insisted, using the security situation to "harm the High Court, does damage to Israeli democracy." 

"I believe that every democracy needs the protection provided by the High Court," she added. "The right-wing government does not know how to restrain themselves, they want the court to rule in their spirit. You cannot force the Court to rule according to the whims of this or that government. We need to preserve and maintain the institutional status of the Court." 

Levin and several other politicians reacted sharply to the High Court decision to postpone demolition of terrorists' homes Thursday, saying it "has once again succeeded in breaking its own records of absurdity when, in a decision that borders on the delusional, it tied the hands of the security forces and the prime minister at the peak of the terror wave."

Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) and Culture Minister Miri Regev (Likud) also vocally opposed the decision, stating that the High Court is "neutralizing Israel's citizens" as innocent Israeli Jews are being hurt.