Otzma Yehudit MK Lauds Torching Of Arab Village After Terror Attack

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A member of Knesset on Monday praised Jews who rioted in a Palestinian village after a terrorist killed two Israeli siblings there.

The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry claimed that Sameh Aqtash, a 37-year-old man, was shot dead by Israeli fire during accompanying riots in Za’tara, south of Huwara.

The IDF said that Aqtash “was not shot by an Israeli soldier.”

The response to the rioting reflected differences of opinion within the government as Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu appealed for calm and others praised the vigilante action as deterrence against Palestinian attacks.

“Yesterday a terrorist came from Huwara—Huwara is closed and burned. That is what I want to see. Only thus can we obtain deterrence,” said MK Zvika Fogel of the Otzma Yehudit Party in a radio interview.

“What residents of Judea and Samaria did last night in Huwara was to create the strongest deterrent that the State of Israel has had since Operation Defensive Shield,” he said, referring to the 2002 IDF offensive against the terror infrastructure in Palestinian cities in Judea and Samaria, commonly called the West Bank.

“After murders like those yesterday, when the army doesn’t take action, villages need to burn,” said Fogel.

Opposition leader Yair Lapid said that Fogel should be imprisoned for his incendiary remarks.

“This is not a fully right-wing government, it is a fully anarchist government. MK Fogel should go to jail for incitement to terror,” Lapid wrote on Twitter.

Other opposition lawmakers said that Fogel should no longer serve as chairman of the Knesset National Security Committee.

The violence began when a Palestinian terrorist shot and killed Hillel and Yagel Yaniv as they drove through Huwara on the area’s main north-south highway. The brothers, ages 21 and 19, hailed from the nearby Jewish community of Har Bracha.

The attacker or attackers remain at large and an IDF manhunt is still underway to apprehend them. Following the shooting, scores of Israelis set Palestinians’ homes and cars aflame in Huwara.

President Isaac Herzog condemned the lawbreakers.

“Taking the law into one’s hands, rioting and committing violence against innocents—this is not our way, and I express my forceful condemnation,” Herzog said. ”We must allow the IDF, the police and the security forces to apprehend the despicable terrorist and restore order immediately.”

After the outcry over his remarks, Fogel retracted them.

“I say unequivocally—I do not encourage civilians to burn villages,” he said at the start of a meeting of the Knesset committee he chairs.

He later wrote on Twitter that his words were twisted even though they were taped on the radio.

“I said that the state is the body that needs to act to deter the terrorists, and under no circumstances should citizens [do the same]. We cannot arrive at a situation where civilians take the law into their own hands. The government and the IDF’s role is to provide the necessary defense, with aggressiveness and determination, and not by accepting the situation.” JNS


8 COMMENTS

  1. Fogel should not have retracted !!!! AD MOSAI !!!! How many more Korbonos do we need???? If for every jew thats killed by an Arab, another arab village burns down, the violence will absolutely stop

  2. If I (a citizen) see an arab about to kill a jew, and I go and kill him first, am I “taking the law in my hand” ?????

    OF COURSE NOT

    If I see every week jews getting killed and the Gov and IDF cannot stop it, why is then our hishtadlut “taking the law into our hands”?!?!

  3. The problem here is that the IDF et al have policies vis-a-vis controlling terror which they call “humane” and other such sweet adjectives, but those policies severely impact the effectiveness of their anti-terror “campaigns”. For example, when a rocket is fired from a populated area in Gaza (it’s always from a populated area), the appropriate response is to immediately bomb (even heavily) the spot the rocket was fired from. If they did this, they would no doubt kill some “innocent civilians”, but the wouldn’t have to do it more than 2-3 times. On the 4th attempt, the people who live in that immediate area will beat the stuffing out of any moron who rolls out a rocket, and the threat would end.

    But the Israeli government, in their inimitable brilliance, respond “humanely”, and instead bomb some Gazan “assets” (usually some already-bombed shells of buildings). So where’s the deterrent?

    Thus, the only choice the people have is to institute their own “policies”, which are not “humane” and thus more effective. So it’s the Israeli government themselves that are the cause of these “lawless” responses.

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