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In light of the increased wave of violence against Israeli citizens, Elizabeth King offers three suggestions that, if implemented together, will hopefully cause the Palestinian Authority to reduce its incitement and make terror attacks less “appealing” for terrorists.
Palestinian rioter using a sling to hurl large stones towards IDF troops Photo Credit: Flash90 Photo Credit: Flash 90
On Monday, yet another Jew, Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal, a father of four, was stabbed and murdered by a terrorist while waiting for a bus. This is the second time in a month that an Israeli Jew was murdered. On January 9, Rabbi Raziel Shevach, a father of six, was shot by Palestinians as he drove in his car near his home.
Enough is enough. There has to be a price for both the terrorists’ actions and the incitement that spurs them to commit these acts of murder. I have three suggestions on how to achieve this goal:
- Mandate the death penalty for all terrorists who murder their victims. While the statistics on the efficacy of the death penalty to deter future acts of murder is mixed, there is no question that by killing terrorists, the following would be accomplished:
- Jewish lives would be saved, as released terrorists have killed hundreds of Israelis after their release.
- The Israeli government would save at least NIS 100,000 per prisoner per year (the yearly per prisoner cost).
- Additional savings of many thousands of NIS by negating the need to build new prisons to alleviate overcrowding.
- A reduction in the incentive to kidnap Israelis in order to exchange them for large numbers of Palestinian security prisoners.
- Legalize a Settlement near the victim’s home, the place of attack or the terrorist’s home. This is being done for the Havat Gilad settlement in which Rabbi Shevach lived and should become policy for all future terrorist incidents. Certainly, this is not the preferred way to legalize settlements, but hopefully doing so will cause the Palestinian Authority to think about the consequences of their incitement.
- While the previous two suggestions are not new, they fail to address the economic problems of the wife and family left behind by the victim. As everyone knows, the PA pays terrorists who commit major crimes as follows: those sentenced to 20-35 years in prison, NIS 10,000 monthly; an additional NIS 300 if married; an additional NIS 50 per child; and an additional NIS 500 if the terrorist is an Israeli. This pay scale should be used by Israel to provide for the victim’s family with the money taken from the taxes that Israel collects for the PA. So, for example, Rabbi Ben-Gal’s family would receive 11,000 NIS per month from Palestinian tax money. In addition to this being a way to help the victim’s family, Palestinians will know that their taxes are being used to support Jewish families living in Israel.
While, individually, none of these suggestions will put an end to the violence, the implementation of all three suggestions will hopefully cause the PA to, at least, tone down their incitement.