Peri: Demolish houses of Jewish terrorists too

Former Shin Bet head MK Ya'akov Peri says houses of Jews who commit acts of terrorism should be demolished.

Shimon Cohen ,

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MK Ya'akov Peri (Yesh Atid), the former head of the Israel Security Agency (ISA, also known as the Shin Bet or Shabak), has expressed support for the demand from the parents of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the teenager who was murdered by Jews in 2014, that the homes of the murderers should be demolished just like the homes of Palestinian terrorists are demolished.

In an interview with Kol Yisrael radio, Peri remarked that though the Israeli judicial system has yet to take such steps in the case of what are called Jewish terrorists, "A terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist," and no distinction should be made between Jews and Palestinians in this context.

It should be noted that the homes of Israeli Arab terrorists are also not demolished, for example Nashat Melhem, who murdered two people and wounded seven others in a shooting attack on cafe-goers in Tel Aviv last January. Israel only applies the policy of home demolitions to terrorists from the Palestinian Authority, where military law applies and terrorist attacks are more common, hence necessitating more drastic deterrent measures.

Peri added that in any case, Jewish or Palestinian, the decision to demolish houses shouldn't be automatic, but should be adjudicated on a case-by-case basis, taking into account circumstances surrounding the issue.

Later in the interview, the MK - who has significant experience in dealing with these matters owing to his background in the Shin Bet security agency - also expressed support for Minister Yisrael Katz's initiative to deport the families of terrorists, but added that this should only be done if it becomes clear that the family knew of the plan to commit a terror attack and helped the terrorist or at least did nothing to stop him.