Netanyahu hiding behind Supreme Court

PM accuses Supreme Court of failing to demolish terrorists' homes and promises to discuss the matter with the Attorney General.

Nitsan Keidar ,

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is accusing the Supreme Court of preventing the government from demolishing the homes of terrorists who attempted to carry out terrorist attacks, and is promising to hold a discussion on the issue with Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit.

"For 20 years, the court has ruled that it is possible to demolish only the home of the terrorist, and that the homes of collaborators, a family or homes of terrorists whose attempt to carry out an attack was thwarted should not be destroyed. Prime Minister Netanyahu will discuss with the Attorney General whether this can be changed," sources in Netanyahu's office said on Monday.

At Sunday’s cabinet meeting, Netanyahu claimed that Israel is working with all its might to eradicate terrorism. "I instructed to speed up the demolition of the homes of terrorists. This is what we did last night and so we will do in the coming days, so long as the court approves the demolition of houses."

"We have denied work permits to the terrorist clans, and contrary to the custom that has been in place until now, I have ordered in my position as defense minister not to automatically renew the approval after the denial period has ended. I conveyed a clear message to Hamas: We will not accept a ceasefire in Gaza and terror in Judea and Samaria. We will exact a heavy price for this," added Netanyahu.

Israeli security forces on Monday began demolishing the home of Ashraf Na’alwa, the terrorist who murdered two Israeli civilians in a shooting attack in the Barkan industrial zone in Samaria in October.

However, the demolition was restricted to the basement and first floor of the home, despite the fact that his family knew of his intention to murder Jews and have been even accused of failing to prevent the attack.