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Is recent Knesset legislation in regard to the death penalty for terrorists in Israel superfluous as such legislation already exists? Joshua Hasten interviews Maurice Hirsch from Palestinian Media Watch today on Israel Uncensored.
Israel inherited the British Mandate of Palestine code of law, which included the death penalty for several offenses, but in 1954 Israel abolished the death penalty for murder.
Two politically charged topics; Killing terrorists and Pride Parades.
Of the 500 Jewish respondents, 44% strongly supported, and 25.8% moderately supported the death penalty. 12.4% moderately opposed, and only 12.9% strongly oppose. 4.9% declined to answer.
The amended articles which so far imposed only life imprisonment for acts of treason and/or terrorism, will now carry the death penalty as the first option before a judge.
However, 40+ countries still use capital punishment for a variety of offenses.
Likud Beytenu Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely is calling for the death penalty for terrorists who repeat their crimes.
There are those who say that death is too good a punishment.
There are many good, solid reasons to support applying the death penalty to a variety of crimes.
At present, ordinary Arabs fear the terrorists more than they fear Israel.