Joel R. Schwartzman

Time Is Up

The time is up for the Knesset to pass a new law which enables the authorities to expel captured terrorists under the condition that they must never return to Israeli soil on pain of death.

For far too many years, terrorists have been entering Israel or emerging from within the country to injure or kill innocent Israelis.  Those perpetrators who themselves survive these attacks are sent to prison.  There they are treated well by international standards.  The Palestinian Authority gives money to their families.  This amounts to a lot of money, more than many of these criminals could make were they to hold down legitimate jobs. When there is a negotiated settlement with an entity like Hamas, many of these terrorists are released as part of the deal.  Too many of these convicted terrorists then go on to committing more violent acts against more Israelis.  There has thus been a revolving door created; and this has got to stop.

Israel always has reserved the death penalty for monsters like Adolf Eichmann who murdered Jews by the millions during the Holocaust.  It is now time to raise the stakes for those who would take Jewish life. If convicted of the crime of attempted murder during an act of terror, the criminal would be expelled from Israel on the condition that if ever they would return and be caught, they would be subject to the death penalty.

Many terrorists lose their lives while attempting their assaults.  However those who are caught, tried and convicted become cogs in a costly policy that makes no sense because it endangers Israelis some time in the future.  Enough is enough.  Israel needs to send a clear message to the PA, Hamas and Islamic Jihad that it will no longer participate in this cyclical game.  Israel must raise the stakes to protect the lives of its citizens and do it now.

About the Author
After twenty-three years of military service, Rabbi Schwartzman retired at the rank of Colonel in September 1998. From July 1999 to July 2000, Rabbi Schwartzman was Associate Rabbi of Temple Sinai in Denver, Colorado. For a decade thereafter he served as the Rabbi of both Congregation B’nai Chaim in Morrison, Colorado, and the Synagogue of the Summit in Summit County, Colorado.