5 EU Nations Slam Demolition of Terrorists' Homes

Ambassadors from major EU member states visit Jerusalem to complain about 'counterproductive' deterrent move, US chimes in too.

Ari Yashar ,

EU's Federica Mogherini, Mahmoud Abbas
EU's Federica Mogherini, Mahmoud Abbas
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Ambassadors from five major European Union (EU) member states met with the Foreign Ministry's senior diplomat Alon Ushpiz in Jerusalem on Thursday, where they voiced opposition to the demolition of the homes of Arab terrorists.

Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Spain were the five countries whose consul generals argued that such demolitions, which are meant as a deterrent for future terrorists and a punishment for heinous crimes, are "counterproductive."

The ambassadors also denounced the attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this Tuesday in which four Jews and a Druze police officer were murdered by two Arab terroristsreports Haaretz citing Israeli officials and European diplomats who were at the meeting.

The denouncement came even as they called not to demolish the homes of the two terrorists located in Jerusalem's Jabel Mukabar neighborhood, which are slated for destruction along with three other terrorists' homes - including the shooter of Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick.

Of the five countries, Britain and Spain have recently voted to recognize the Palestinian Authority (PA) as the "state of Palestine" in a unilateral move Israel has argued harms the chance of any "peace," while France is set to make a similar vote this month. Sweden has also voted to recognize "Palestine."

A secret document was revealed this week exposing that the EU is circulating guidelines to sanction Israel if it makes moves the EU deems are counterproductive to "peace" - moves such as construction in the capital - which marks a change in EU policy.

Condemnation for the demolitions came from the US as well, with State Department spokesperson Jeff Rathke saying Wednesday that "punitive home demolitions are counterproductive to the cause of peace, especially in an already tense situation."

US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki already condemned the demolitions last Thursday, and the UN likewise weighed in against the demolitions on Wednesday.

Meanwhile Israel appears not to be actually demolishing the homes of the terrorists in any event; on Wednesday instead of demolishing the home of an Arab terrorist who murdered a three-month-old baby and a young student with his car, only the terrorist's room was destroyed, allowing it to be quickly rebuilt.

Earlier demolitions also appear not to have destroyed the entire house of the terrorists, but rather the rooms where they lived. So too was the case in the demolition of the home of the terrorist who murdered police Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi hy''d in April.