Two Israeli-Arab terrorists buried as 'enemy corpses'

Defense Minister agrees to Public Security Minister's request, orders terrorists buried in temporary 'enemy corpse' cemetery.

Orly Harari,

Scene of a terror attack
Scene of a terror attack
Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) acquiesced a few days ago to Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan's (Likud) request to bury two Israeli-Arab terrorists in a cemetery for enemy corpses, Israel Hayom reported on Wednesday.

The decision was made to aid Israel-Hamas negotiations for the return of kidnapped and murdered IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul.

IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, were killed in Gaza during 2014's Operation Protective Edge. Their bodies have been held by the Hamas terrorist organization ever since.

Unlike Liberman, former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon did not believe that holding terrorists' bodies would deter potential terrorists from carrying out attacks. Instead, he believed such actions placed an unnecessary burden on Israel.

In January, the Security Cabinet decided that the bodies of Hamas terrorists should be held and temporarily buried in Israel, as are the bodies of terrorists who carried out unusual or extreme terror attacks.

Israel Police is currently holding the bodies of two Israeli-Arab terrorists from Jerusalem, who, according to Erdan, meet the Cabinet's criteria.

These terrorists are Musabbah Abu Sabah, who murdered two people in a shooting attack in October 2016, and Fadi Kunbar, who carried out a ramming attack in January 2017, murdering four IDF soldiers.