Following today’s (Tuesday) fatal terror attack in Har Adar during which a Palestinian terrorist shot and killed three Israelis, injuring a fourth, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced plans to re-promote a proposed death penalty bill, hoping this time to have the full support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Lieberman will promote the law following summer recess

Lieberman will promote the law following summer recess Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash90/Channel 2 News

Today’s (Tuesday) shooting terror attack in Har Adar in which three Israelis were murdered, rekindled one of Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s election promises – death penalty for terrorists. 

This time, together with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who supported the law in principle, after the massacre in Halamish, Lieberman will likely try to stand by his word. During a visit to the Salomon family home after the massacre in Halamish, Netanyahu said that the time had come for a death penalty for terrorists. 

Lieberman plans to promote the bill proposed by MK Robert Ilatov after the Knesset’s summer recess ends, with the expectation that Netanyahu will give his support. While today terrorists can be given the death penalty, judges do not grant permission for such a sentencing and therefore Lieberman is trying to push forth this law.

Nimer Mahmoud Ahmad Jamal, the Har Adar terrorist

Nimer Mahmoud Ahmad Jamal, the Har Adar terrorist Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

As previously reported by JOL, the defense minister referred to today’s serious attack, and expressed his condolences to the families of those murdered. “We will continue to act strongly and determinedly against this terrorism,” will continue to act with force and determination,” he said. “We will pursue the terrorists, their dispatchers and the various instigators, at all times and everywhere, and we will strike them down as we do almost every night.”

“The Palestinian Authority continues to incite to the murder of Jews and praise and applaud the murderers,” he continued. “This is the main reason that the inciting atmosphere in the media and on social media leads to terror attacks against the citizens of the State of Israel. There is no difference between Palestinian terror which is institutionally fed and incited, and radical Islamic terror which carries out terrorist attacks in Europe and elsewhere. Before we speak of negotiations, the world must demand that the Palestinian Authority stop its incitement and fanning of terror.”

Netanyahu also responded to the deadly attack saying that it should be investigated whether the fact that the terrorist possessed a work permit represents a new type of attack. “If so, we need to prepare accordingly,” he added. “We will demolish the terrorist’s home, seal off the village and revoke the work permits of his family members.”