PM Asks Justice Minister to Expedite Demolition of Terrorists' Homes

During a cabinet meeting that lasted more than five hours, Education Minister Bennett demands settlements be built after every terror attack; Israeli forces demolish two homes of convicted terrorists and seal off another.

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Barak Ravid
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A Palestinian woman walks amid the rubble of a house after Israeli security forces demolished the homes of two convicted Palestinian terrorists in Jabal Mukkaber in East Jerusalem, October 6, 2015.
A Palestinian woman walks amid the rubble of a house after Israeli security forces demolished the homes of two convicted Palestinian terrorists in Jabal Mukkaber in East Jerusalem, October 6, 2015.Credit: AFP
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Barak Ravid

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to establish a mechanism that would significantly shorten the legal process when dealing with the demolition of terrorist homes, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement late on Monday.

The prime minister's decision was made during a security cabinet meeting, which was convened at 9 P.M. and ended at 3 A.M.

During the meeting, Netanyahu has instructed security forces to take decisive action to prevent Israeli citizens from taking the law into their own hands, the statement said. In addition, the prime minister demanded that police would act forcefully against incitement to violence and terrorism on social media.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett demanded the cabinet adopt a new policy of new construction in the settlement after every terror attack – including an announcement on new construction to be issued immediately.

In addition, Bennett repeated his demand to rearrest hundreds of prisoners released in the Gilad Shalit deal. Bennett said many of them have violated the terms of their release, therefore there is no reason preventing their rearrest. The Education Minister and Habayit Hayehudi leader said that after the abduction and murder of the three Israeli teens last summer, some 50 prisoners released in the Shalit deal were detained again, and urged this policy to be implemented once more.

Ayelet Shaked.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

A confrontation ensued between ministers Bennett, Shaked and Immigrant and Absorption Minister Ze'ev Elkin on one hand, and Economy Minister Aryeh Deri on the other. Bennett, Shaked and Elkin called for harsher steps to be taken in the West Bank and Jerusalem, and demanded construction in settlements be increased. Deri hit back, saying that if those demands are met Israel may find itself in a war. He turned to the IDF chief who was sitting in the room and asked him: "Do you feel like someone is tying your hands?" Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said no.

At the meeting, the cabinet ministers were briefed about the reinforcement of police forces in Jerusalem, and over increased police activity in the Palestinian neighborhoods of the city.

"No one anywhere will have immunity," Netanyahu said during the meeting.

Netanyahu also demanded to bring to justice civilians and shop owners who witnessed the terrorist attack in the Old City in Jerusalem on Saturday but didn't offer aid to the wounded, and according to the statement, even hurt them. "We will not accept a situation in which a Jewish woman is stabbed and people avoid helping her, swear at her and kick her. We will bring them to justice," Netanyahu said.

Overnight, the Israeli army demolished the houses of two Palestinian terrorists, and sealed off the house of another. The three of them were convicted of carrying out terror attacks in Jerusalem. Police and armed forces destroyed the house of Mahmoud Ja'abis, who was shot dead after he ran over eight people with a bulldozer last August. Abraham Wallis, a 29-year-old resident of Mea She'arim, was killed in that attack.

The home of Rasan Abu-Jamal, who carried out the terror attack at a Har Nof synagogue in November which killed four worshippers and a police officer, was also demolished.

Forces sealed off a room in the house a Mutaz Hajazi, who tried to assassinate Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick in Jerusalem last October.

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