Justice: Teen Who Stabbed Youth Can Enter Rehab

After his arrest, Giladi immediately repented and requested to meet his victim and apologize.

Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubinstein overturned Sunday a prior ruling by a district court that prevented a 19-year-old accused of stabbing another youth from taking part in a rehabilitation program. Daniel Giladi was involved in a brawl in Ma'aleh Adumim in September, when he broke a bottle and stabbed another teen, seriously wounding him.

After his arrest, Giladi immediately repented and requested to meet his victim and apologize. "I made a mistake and I'm sorry," he said this week, "I'm ashamed of what happened, but I'm still young and I don't want to begin my life in jail."

Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, vice president of the Supreme Court.Tess Scheflan

Parole officers, who met with Giladi recommended twice,that he begin rehabilitation immediately.

Jerusalem District Court Judge Moshe Bar-Am was not impressed, and rejected Giladi's request, refusing any easing of parole conditions - house arrest at his brother's home in Atlit.

Rubinstein said he "didn't fully understand" the logic behind Bar-Am's judgment, and ruled that Giladi's parole officers would be free to decide how to proceed with the rehabilitation process.

Giladi's Attorney, David Brahum, called the decision "precedent-setting."

"Young defendants, even those accused of horrendous crimes, should be encouraged to choose a route of rehabilitation and treatment," he said.