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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."

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.