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Breaking Down the Enemy

The abductors, including all the outer circle of conspirators and collaborators, have nothing to fear for their crimes. There is nothing to stop them, or future kidnappers, from continuing to abduct and harm Israeli citizens.
A prisoner in Israel's Ramle Prison, July 29, 2013.

A prisoner in Israel's Ramle Prison, July 29, 2013.
Photo Credit: Moshe Shai / Flash 90

Presently, Israel is in the throes of yet another unimaginable heinous terrorist crime. Specifically, the cold-blooded kidnapping of three innocent high school students, one of whom also holds American citizenship.

At this time, it is fitting to revisit the subject of the treatment of convicted Islamic terrorists in Israel Prison Service, (I.P.S.).  As an ex-Israel prison officer, who’s also published a book on that subject, I’ve written my thoughts on this topic on numerous occasions.

There is a pointedly critical relevance between the conditions of terrorists in the I.P.S. and the horrific abduction of harmless teenage youth. It is a two-fold issue.

First. Israel is presently expending unlimited amounts of money and manpower searching for these boys. A house-to-house, cave-to-cave – every nook and cranny – search is now underway in suspected areas of concealment throughout Israel. To date (June 22), a few local Arabs have been killed when they inexplicably attempted to impede this search and rescue mission.

Israeli security utilizes many methods of intelligence gathering. For one, the country has huge numbers of informants seeded within the Arab community. These people have numerous incentives to cooperate. Economic gain is one. Simply, monetary compensation. Another benefit is legal protection. Israel often strikes deals with Arabs convicted of crimes for which punishment is erased in return for favors to the country. In this instance that would be information on the whereabouts of these abducted kids.

However, the reality of things is that pressure always helps. Israel must increase pressure on the Arab community. Pressure jolts information into moving. Intensified pressure gets information into the right hands.

Israel has thousands of convicted Islamic terrorists in their prison service. These men and women are living under extraordinarily comfortable conditions, which would be unfathomable in any other modern country. Televisions and radios in every cell. Kitchenettes and refrigerators in cell blocks. Frequent family and friend visits. Exercise yards full of equipment such as ping-pong tables, soccer balls, weights. Diet considerations specially tailored to their personal quirks. Rights to furthering their education, including post high school degrees.

One very reasonable argument, which arises regularly in the media and in fact in the Israeli parliament, is that these convicted criminals simply don’t deserve these luxuries. The Israeli prison where I served, for over a decade, held two hundred terrorists. Most had multiple life sentences. Not a few had over a dozen life sentences! These include men who murdered pregnant women with their own hands. Men who butchered defenseless children and elderly in coldly premeditated attacks in the light of day. Let it be perfectly clear, these are ruthless criminals.

Beyond that, however, there’s the message being sent to the Arab community at large. That message is: Israel doesn’t punish, even for the most heinous crimes against its citizenship.

By stripping these inmates rights to the bare minimum – as bestowed by other modern countries – this damaging message would be corrected. But, more importantly, pressure would be added to their terrorist organizations and personal supporters outside.

Imagine removing radios, televisions and newspapers from these terrorists. Stop family visits. Remove kitchenettes. Require that these inmates eat government-issued prison food. Any of these actions, and all together, they would dramatically increase pressure.

Increasing pressure inside will get more information flowing outside.

The second reason that Israel must remove the pampering of convicted Islamic terrorists, enjoyed exclusively in its jails, is the message that will be sent to the kidnappers of these three youth.

The abductors, including all the outer circle of conspirators and collaborators, have nothing to fear for their crimes. There is nothing to stop them, or future kidnappers, from continuing to abduct and harm Israeli citizens.

About the Author: American born and educated, Rabbi Major Fishel Jacobs worked as a staff officer in the Israeli Prison Service for over a decade. He’s written numerous best-selling books on practical Talmudic law. His memoir, Coffee Melts Bars - My Israeli Prison Career, is available on iTunes. Rabbi Jacobs is now retired and spends his time writing and speaking worldwide on his books.


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7 Responses to “Breaking Down the Enemy”

  1. Uzi Kattan says:

    The released terrorists are a good example of this. Freeing them is unJewish, Jewish law calls for executing them and they should be tied with pig skin.

  2. Uzi Kattan says:

    The released terrorists are a good example of this. Freeing them is unJewish, Jewish law calls for executing them and they should be tied with pig skin.

  3. Uzi Kattan says:

    The released terrorists are a good example of this. Freeing them is unJewish, Jewish law calls for executing them and they should be tied with pig skin.

  4. Jewish law does not call for executing anyone.

  5. Jewish law does not call for executing anyone.

  6. Dean Hulsey says:

    Should have executing them since they are killing our Jews and Christians too.

  7. Uzi Kattan says:

    Jewish law not liberal law! The Torah calls for death to murderers and Arab murderers of Jews deserve to die.

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