Minister Ariel to Arutz Sheva:
'Without deterrence we have a serious problem'

Agriculture Minister demands that families of terrorists be expelled and that every village from which murderers come be punished.

Hezki Baruch,

Uri Ariel
Uri Ariel
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Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) spoke on Tuesday evening at the conference of directors of the religious Zionist institutions being held at the Dead Sea.

In an interview with Arutz Sheva on the sidelines of the conference, Minister Ariel discussed the terrorist attack on Monday in which Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal was murdered, as well as the fight against Arab terrorism.

Ariel demanded that the cabinet and the defense establishment order the expulsion of families of terrorists in the hope that such a move will deter potential terrorists.

"The heads of the defense establishment tell me that deporting the family of a terrorist who lives in Shechem to Hevron is a very significant punishment, and it has not yet been tried. In addition we need to increase our security of the communities. The defense minister said that a village from which terrorists will come out to carry out attacks will be punished. Here, we found the village of the murderers of Rabbi Raziel Shevach. Have all the work permits for that village been revoked? We have to go for harsher punishments for terrorists. Without deterrence we have a serious problem," he said.

In the interview, Ariel also discussed the proposed legislation to apply Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, but acknowledged he's not optimistic that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would support the law.

"Unfortunately, the prime minister is not there yet and without Netanyahu, it will not pass. We are in a process and today everyone is talking about annexation, we need to push for this,” he said, adding, "I hope the prime minister will move forward with us, and our pressure may help, and that is part of our duty. I hope that Minister Bennett will do so.”

Regarding his National Union party running together with the Jewish Home in the next election, Minister Ariel told Arutz Sheva, "We will run together on condition that there is someone to run with. For two and a half years we have been trying to reach an agreement and unfortunately there currently is no dialogue on the matter despite requests from us. We view the unity as valuable and think it will bring good results in the elections and in education and in what we believe."