By Ted Belman
Naftali Bennett on Saturday defended police conduct in Friday night’s shooting death of an Arab man in Kafr Kanna, saying the officers acted appropriately under the circumstances. Netanyahu on the other hand said we are a nation of laws.
You will recall the debate in the US about whether terrorists should be prosecuted under the criminal law of held as enemy combatants. Lessons can be drawn from it.
The Arabs are at war with us and we must be at war with them. Any Arab that attacks us, whether an Israeli or not, must be treated as we would treat an enemy on the battlefield. Shoot to kill.
I also recall a debate on capital punishment. One proponent argued that the punishment must fit the crime. The moment you lessen the punishment you reduce the severity of the crime. Thou shalt not kill says the Torah. To stress how important this proscription is we must keep the maximum sentence.
Similarly we must demonstrate that any armed insurrection must be met with death. There is nothing to discuss.