|Deaths of Asher and Yonatan Palmer, father and son were caused by an Arab terrorist stone thrower.|
Netanyahu threatens to target young Palestinian stone-throwers
Israel is considering giving its security forces a freer hand to shoot at young Palestinian stone-throwers, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said on Wednesday.
Under standing orders, Israeli soldiers facing violent Palestinian protests can open fire with live bullets only in life-threatening situations. That effectively bans firing at Palestinians who flee after hurling a rock or petrol bomb.
But after meeting with several cabinet ministers and security chiefs to discuss an increase in stone-throwing in Jerusalem and on a highway in the occupied West Bank, Netanyahu suggested the rules could be hardened.
"Since the justice system finds it difficult to deal with minors who throw rocks, changes to orders on opening fire towards stone- and petrol bomb-throwers will be examined," the prime minister's office said in a statement.
Netanyahu was quoted as saying at the session that his government's policy was one of "zero tolerance towards stone-throwing and zero tolerance towards terror". (Reuters)
|The body of 5-month-old Yehuda Shoham, draped in a prayer shawl, is carried by his father in front of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office during a funeral procession in Jerusalem |
Monday, June 11, 2001. (Kedushat Hashem)
In all honesty, I don't really trust Prime Minister Netanyahu to make such a clear ruling. He's more worried about the reactions of the world and the Israeli Left than he should be.
The Reuters headline tries to give the impression, to stress the youth of the Arab terrorists, as if they are playing an innocent game. First of all, these terror attacks are done of Arab terrorists of all ages, but it has been revealed that the terror leaders try to send the youth out davka because they are not punished by Israeli authorities as severly as adults are. In too many cases, they are just sent home and then become family and neighborhood heros. These young terrorists also quickly lose all fear of the IDF and Israeli Police, because they are treated as foolish youth rather than dangerous terrorists.
Don't forget that terror attacks are still immoral, illegal terror attacks even if the terrorist is "under age."