Miri Regev
Miri Regev Marc Israel Sellem / Flash 90

Culture Minister Miri Regev (Likud) gave the High Court a tongue-lashing Thursday after it decided to postpone the demolition of terrorists' homes.

"The High Court is neutralizing Israel's citizens," she said – employing a verb that has been widely used to describe the shooting, incapacitating or killing of terrorists.

"The High Court must give its backing to the war that the government of Israel is waging against terror, and not tie the hands of the security forces when innocents are being stabbed and killed," she stated.

"If the High Court does not allow us to strengthen deterrence and severely punish the murderers, it will bear responsibility for the continuation of the terror wave."

Jewish Home Chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennettreacted sharply to the High Court decision to postpone demolition of terrorists' homes Thursday, and said that this is "a time of emergency. It is time that the High Court judges understand this, too."

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud) said that the High Court "has once again succeeded in breaking its own records of absurdity when, in a decision that borders on the delusional, it tied the hands of the security forces and the prime minister at the peak of the terror wave."

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was, as always, careful not to speak harshly against the court.

"Look, we destroyed the home of a terrorist three days ago," he said. "Now, we have a policy of creating a price for suicide terrorists, because the suicide terrorist commits suicide after all, it is reasonable to assume he realizes he is committing suicide, but we know that this is one of the effective tools."