A stormy debate on the return of the bodies of terrorists took place on Wednesday in the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee.
Herzl and Meirav Hajaj, parents of Lt. Shir Hajaj, who was murdered about a year ago together with three of her comrades in a ramming terror attack in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv, said during the discussion: "We call upon the State of Israel to stop the failure."
"The body of the animal that murdered our daughter is in the hands of the State of Israel," the parents noted. "Instead of debating whether or not to hold a body, there is one solution - to leave it in Israel permanently or to throw it into the sea. Only like this, together with further advancing the Death Penalty for Terrorists bill, the destruction of terrorist homes to the foundation and the expulsion of terrorists, will we be able to prevent the next murder, Heaven forbid. Not returning bodies is part of the basket of deterrence options.”
Matan Peleg, chairman of the Im Tirtzu movement, who also participated in the discussion, added: "The State of Israel must promote a significant deterrent package against terrorism. It should be remembered that the terror attacks against Israel are an unceasing daily effort. The bloody attacks that recently murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach and Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal are only two cases which have unfortunately succeeded out of hundreds of attempts. Changing the rules of the game and hardening any response is necessary. There must be a dramatic increase in deterrence. Israeli blood is not up-for-grabs. "
Peleg stressed that "we call on government ministers and Knesset members to act to accelerate the amendment to the death penalty for terrorists law. Promoting legislation to expel terrorists, not returning the bodies of terrorists, and offsetting PA funds are part of the deterrence package required. The Im Tirtzu movement will continue to stand by the bereaved families at every time.”