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It’s Time to Impose the Death Penalty

Alas, it appears the Benjamin Netanyahu government has lower regard for the sanctity of Jewish life than do the terrorists.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Yaalon are showing with their actions the value they attribute to innocnet Jewish lives.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Yaalon are showing with their actions the value they attribute to innocnet Jewish lives.
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Does anyone suspect that the elders of the town had anything to do with the murder? According to American law, the answer is a resounding No. But in Jewish law, the elders are, indeed, responsible. Not because they spilled the blood—the entire ceremony is intended for occasions when there are no witnesses and no basis for such an accusation— but because the blood was spilled on their watch. And if they don’t wash their hands of this blood, they’ll face dire consequences, namely the ire of God.

In many ways, the proceedings of the court of 23 judges is likewise intended to put away the innocent blood from the community’s midst.

The stain of the spilled blood of the innocent on the spiritual well being of society is the main reason I support the death penalty. I believe we all pay the price of all human suffering in our midst, and worst of all the suffering of the slain. Our entire social contract is in jeopardy every time a murder goes unpunished.

Likewise, our spiritual well being is in jeopardy with every wrongful execution. Moreover, it could be said that the effect of an individual murder on society is marginal compared with a wrongful execution by the state, which receives consent for its actions from you and me.

This is the reason the capital-crime Sanhedrin is so obviously skewed in favor of the accused: we shudder at the thought of society adding the blood of an innocent defendant to that of the victim. Why else would we make it near impossible to execute murder suspects?

Returning to the issue of imposing the death penalty on Arab terrorists, I’ll be the first to admit that if the Netanyahu government had the spiritual depth required to appreciate the consequences of their letting murderers go free en masse – they would have long ago been able to solve many of Israel’s daunting problems.

Nevertheless, I’ve been feeling this spiritual angst ever since the start of Netanyahu’s signaling that he is prepared to show “good will” by abandoning every conceivable aspect of the fundamental contract between government and citizens, namely: you will elect me and I will maintain law and order. I couldn’t help feeling that Prime Minister Netanyahu believes that the value of life in general and my own life in particular is inconsequential.

But the life of the innocent is not inconsequential. It cries out to God from the ground, and God, in God’s time, restores it to its honorable place, and, I pray, avenges the callousness of thoughtless political hacks.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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24 Responses to “It’s Time to Impose the Death Penalty”

  1. =
    If Someone Comes to Kill You, Rise Up and Kill Him First, especially if he/she is a youg muslim rock & molotov thrower, or shouting Allak Akbar (as in Heil Hitler) w/ a knife, sword, hatchet coming at you.

    IF someone says such killing is illegal, he means to send the young muslim boy under administrative detention, his father to pay a fine, & a Israeli politician to free him later as a Jizya payment & show of submission to Islamic dhimmitude portrayed by the Jihadist colaborator Israeli deceiver as concessions or goodwill gesture, or compassion to the cruel.

    Then that Jihadist colaborator Israeli deceiver should be sent to administrative rehabilitation detention, So he won’t later sell the Jewish State to Jihadists as is now doing Livni in Washington whom told Abbas to wait for her to agree to the Israel surrender to Islam plan w/ a map that Olmert discussed with Abbas.

    & where Islam & the koran incite the muslims to not be satisfied w/ a autonomy, they then have the option to move to the immeasurably rich vast lands under the savage Islam occupation.

    In any case Israel must ban Islam, koran, mosque, madrassas, sharia court etc…

    IF someone counter argue with accusations of extended definitions of racism, discrimination etc…
    He should learned that the Jews didn’t suffer 2000 years just so to now fall for democratic lies, deceptions hidding bolchevism &/or communism ideology or nazism dressed under a 1400 years cloack of false misleading religiosity portrayed as the religion of piss & **** be upon him & them.

  2. British authorities ruling Palestine hanged several members of the underground Zionist Irgun organization in the 1940s following their conviction on charge of bombing and other violent attacks. Menachem Begin, former Irgun leader and later Prime Minister of Israel, reportedly told a former British Government minister that the executions had “galvanized” his group, which subsequently hanged several British soldier in retaliation. Menachem Begin said the hangings “got us the recruits that we wanted, and made us more efficient and dedicated to the cause … you were not sentencing our terrorists to death, you were sentencing a lot of your own people, and we decided how many”.
    Amnesty International “When the State Kills”, 1989 ACT 51/07/1989 p. 19

  3. eppure loro dovrebbero saperlo …

  4. “The morning of the execution both of them sang: "Long live the rebels…", they sang without fear while they went to the gallows pole. (…) "If they aren't afraid of death, why can capital punishment be a deterrent?". To be honest, I think that, with the many death sentences I executed, I didn't stop any murderer.”.
    Albert Pierrepoint, the last English executioner, about the execution of two members of IRA:

  5. “Those who really think that death penalty can stop terrorist attacks or make them decrease, are naïve people or dreamers.”.
    Professor Ezzat A. Fattah, Simon Fraser University Canada.

  6. “Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.” Genesis 4:15 KJV.

  7. For the 21st Century's sake can we stop quoting the Sanhedrin, the TORAH & the Talmud. What ever laws existed 4,000 years ago do not apply today. Deal with the problem in hand with modern expediency to the law, 12 good men and true Jury, Defense and Prosecution. Reinstate in statute Death penalty by firing squad or some other human death penalty even an electric chair will do. Who gives a damn about martydom, just make an announcement. Ten Killers whose names are retained in order to execute the law of Israel. Israel you are under fire, re-act forget age old prophesies. Israel was ceded to the Judaic Peoples to alleviate the guilt of Europe and rest of the world for the atrocities performed against an entire nation founded on one mans insane view of the world, a sociopathic meglomaniac, Hitler. The Torah may well have had influence but the bottom line is Irsael has the right to exist, she must defend her freedom and assets like any other nation and she is NOT the 53rd State of the United States. Make new alliances dump the Americans. Go it alone, shoot/hang/electric chair/ whatever the terrorists who infiltrate Israel killing many and finally Israel you must take out the 60,000 rockets directed at Southern Israel and your newly found OIL and Gas fields.

  8. Yori Yanover says:

    Vivienne Leijonhufvud · This is a Jewish state and I happen to be an observant Jewish person, and so, if you don't mind terribly, I will follow my laws and not yours. I would also want the death penalty to be applied by a reputable court after serious deliberations, and not by a bunch of yahoos picked at random.

  9. Yori Yanover says:

    Claudio Giusti · My article is not about the deterrent value of the death penalty, rather it is about its spiritual necessity.

  10. Yori Yanover says:

    Claudio Giusti · And the point you're making is?

  11. no comments YY???????

  12. the Lord lost the very first occasion to use capital punishment, how funny.

  13. Elizabeth Allweiss says:


  14. Yori, avenge is a good argument for the death penalty. But there is another one, jet better even. Only a dead terrorist will definitly never be able to commit another murder, but most shurely will do so,
    if set free in exchange for what so ever.

  15. Anonymous says:

    "It's Time to Impose the Death Penalty." Yes, and the sooner the better.

  16. Mark L. Shane says:

    start using bullets and tear down the jails…end of brave jihadis with aliyah up.

  17. Leslie Wood says:

    I think if Muslims where hung with a pig skin ropes and shot with pig fat impregnated bullets it would stop most if note all so called " martyrs ".

  18. Yechiel Baum says:


  19. I think there are different thinking about the dead penalty, it is clear we are speacking about terrorists murders, not other kind of murders, they are terrorists they have commited the worst crime of the humanity against civilians, that is also cowardly, they have to face the dead penalty, hanging and cremation, the ashes throwing to the sea, for islam is no more martirs, they are evils becouse they don't have the body what is important for them like the same we jewish, all this prisoners terrorist are still, they should get the dead penalty inmediately, it doesn't matter the screaming of the world, so or so we are the bad peoplle, but otherwise we will gain respect, this we have lost ultimately.

  20. You cannot compare the Irgun's actions with those of savages. Different intents, different actions, different results. If you do not understand the difference perhaps it's better to not comment. The difference is HUGE.

  21. You are so cruel… you release Arab terrorists and murderers before they get an Ph.D in an Israeli jail. That's brutality! They don't have the right to be doctors? (with your taxes, of course). Sometimes I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

    If the Americans want to release Palestinian murderers, why they don't release Sirhan Sirhan? Or even better, Jonathan Pollard, who didn't kill anyone.

    Next time, kill Arab terrorists, don't arrest a Palestinian murderer to judge him properly… as he will be released by the government a few years later.

  22. Yes, it is time to impose the death penalty. No more bargains for cold blooded killers who will be back to killing upon release. These monsters have no morals and are uprepentant just like the Nazis. Israel is is a nation of laws, any future captured terrorists need to be tried in a court of law, if found guilty, condemned to death just like Eichman. U. S. has targeted terrorists where they hide. Might be good idea to target these murders where they now live as well.

  23. Yes, it is time to impose the death penalty. No more bargains for cold blooded killers who will be back to killing upon release. These monsters have no morals and are uprepentant just like the Nazis. Israel is is a nation of laws, any future captured terrorists need to be tried in a court of law, if found guilty, condemned to death just like Eichman. U. S. has targeted terrorists where they hide. Might be good idea to target these murders where they now live as well.

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