Netanyahu Says Palestinian Killer of Three Israelis Should Be Executed

In condolence visit to Salomon family, who lost three members in attack in their settlement home, PM says 'time has come' for 'death penalty for terrorists'

Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu visit the Salomon family in Elad, July 27, 2017.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that the Palestinian who killed three Israelis last week should be executed. Netanyahu was speaking during a condolence visit with the Salomon family, who lost three family members in an attack in their West Bank home of Halamish.

"The death penalty for terrorists is something that the time has come to do," the prime minister told the family.

"It's enshrined in the law. You need to have the judges reach unanimity, but they also want to know the government's position. My position as prime minister, in such a case, of a murderer as lowly as this, is that he must be put to death. We simply need him not to smile anymore." 

Last Friday, 19-year-old Omar al-Abed of the nearby village of Khobar infiltrated Halamish and stabbed Yosef Salomon, 70, and his adult children, Chaya, a 46-year-old teacher, and Elad, 36. Yosef's wife Tova, 68, was wounded in the attack.