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“We have become like Sodom and Gemorrah,” the judge lamented when referring to the hard kick the Arab woman terrorist received from a Jewish bystander after an attempted stabbing. The judge’s assessment was right, but from the other side of the coin. It is the judge who represents the Sodom mentality; thinking that turns values inside out, rendering good – bad and bad – good. The Jew who kicked that Arab terrorist still has moral clarity; it is the judge who is stricken with Sodom mentality.

Clearly, not all the Arabs are murderers. There are very good people among them, some of them personal friends of mine. I believe that many of them – perhaps even the majority – feel very badly about the wave of Arab murderousness enveloping us right now. But that does not change the fact that we are currently in a war. Arabs in the Land of Israel (from both sides of the Green Line) backed up by determined and dominating religious and political leadership have declared that the lives of Jews are worth nothing. Not only have they made declarations – they carry them out, as well.

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This is not a criminal conflict in which, as soon as the intruder is neutralized, it is clear that the court – and not the victim – must determine his sentence. Not at all. This is a war that was declared against all the Jews simply because they are Jews. And in a war, you do not fire at the enemy soldier only after he fires at you; you try to shoot first.

In this war, however, the situation is much more serious. As we are dealing with total de-legitimization of the very right of Jews to live, there is only one way to stop the trend and to make it non-legitimate and unacceptable to murder a Jew. Israel must clarify with actions (not with words) that in the face of the widespread terror, all the rules have changed. Whoever raises a knife over a Jew in the Land of Israel will be the one to lose his privilege to breathe air on the globe – and should be killed on the spot – without any doubt.

When Netanyahu began to explain that Abu Mazen lied and that the young Arab murderer was alive and breathing in a modern Israeli hospital – the PM proved how much he lacks understanding of the threat. Once again, he has caused severe strategic damage. Does anybody in the world really care if Abu Mazen is telling the truth or lying? After all, when Netanyahu fell into the trap, celebrating the fact that Abu Mazen had lied, he himself endorsed the claim that the elimination of a terrorist is tantamount to murder.

An Israeli leader should have said the following:

“As usual, Abu Mazen lied. The boy in question is alive. Nevertheless, I would like to clarify: The Nation of Israel did not establish its own state just three years after Auschwitz in order to once again be slaughtered in the streets. Anybody in our Land who raises a knife against a Jew has lost his humanity and the right to continue to live.”

Clearly, Netanyahu is doing just the opposite and a whole trail of confused people has followed in his footsteps.

The result, of course, will be that the lives of the murderers will be worth their weight in gold, while police officers and civilians who were the intended victims will be severely punished. And Jewish blood will continue to be cheap.

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Moshe Feiglin is the former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. He heads the Zehut Party. He is the founder of Manhigut Yehudit and Zo Artzeinu and the author of two books: "Where There Are No Men" and "War of Dreams." Feiglin served in the IDF as an officer in Combat Engineering and is a veteran of the Lebanon War. He lives in Ginot Shomron with his family.

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  1. its never good to kill anyone, because you are depriving a bad person of the chance to change into something better and you are helping bring more evil into the world by your action of killing. But it is still ethical to kill someone who poses a real threat to innocent people.

  2. Civilians must obtain a firearms license to lawfully acquire, possess, sell, or transfer firearms and ammunition. Soldiers are generally allowed to carry their personal weapons and ammunition together while on furlough during active service, uniformed or in civilian clothing.

    The list of below personnel are eligible for licenses allowing them to possess firearms:

    Israel Defense Forces officers honorably discharged with the rank of non-commissioned officer
    Reservists honorably discharged with the rank of regimental commander
    Eligible to possess one rifle.
    Ex–special forces enlisted men
    Retired police officers with the rank of sergeant
    Retired prison guards with the rank of squadron commander
    Licensed public transportation drivers transporting a minimum of five people
    Full-time dealers of jewellery or large sums of cash or valuables
    Civil Guard volunteers
    Civil Guard snipers may possess one rifle.
    Residents of militarily strategic buffer zones considered essential to state security
    Such personnel are may possess one handgun.
    Residents of Israeli settlements
    Settlers may possess handguns and can be issued automatic rifles by the army for personal protection. The automatic rifles are the property of the army and may be recalled at any time.
    Licensed hunters
    May possess one shotgun
    Licensed animal-control officers
    May possess two rifles
    In addition, those applying for permission to possess firearms must meet certain age requirements:

    20 for women who completed military service or civil service equivalent
    21 for men who completed military service or civil service equivalent
    27 for those who did not complete military service or civil service equivalent
    45 for residents of East Jerusalem.
    To obtain a firearms license, an applicant must be a resident of Israel for at least three consecutive years, pass a background check that considers the applicant’s health, mental, and criminal history, establish a genuine reason for possessing a firearm (such as self-defense, hunting, or sport), and pass a weapons-training course. The Israeli government maintains an official registry of all residents with firearms licenses.[47]

    All those holding firearms licenses must renew them and re-take a shooting course at a gun range every three years and pass a psychological exam every six years.[48] They must demonstrate they have a safe at home in which to keep the firearm. Permits are given only for personal use, not for business in the firearms sale while holders for self-defense purposes may own only one handgun, and are given a lifetime supply of 50 bullets to take home.[49]

    In addition to private licenses of firearms, organizations can issue carry licenses to their members for activity related to that organization (e.g. security companies, shooting clubs, other workplaces).

    Members of officially recognized shooting clubs (practical shooting, Olympic shooting) are eligible for personal licenses allowing them to possess additional firearms (small bore rifles, handguns, air rifles, and air pistols) after demonstrating a need and fulfilling minimum membership time and activity requirements. Unlicensed individuals who want to engage in practice shooting are allowed supervised use of pistols at firing ranges.

    Those licensed to possess firearms may not carry them in public without a permit. Separate permits exist for being allowed to carrying open and concealed weapons.[47]

    Around 40% of applications for firearms permits are rejected.[50]

    In 2005, there were 236,879 private citizens and 154,000 security guards licensed to carry firearms. Another 34,000 Israelis who were previously licensed own guns illegally due to their failure to renew their gun license.[51][52] In 2007, there were estimated to be 500,000 civilian licensed guns in Israel, in addition to 1,757,500 in the military, and 26,040 in the police.[53][54]

    To legally own a gun as a souvenir, prize, inheritance, or award of appreciation from the military, an individual must first present proper documentation that they are about to receive it. Permits for gun collectors are extremely rare, and typically only given to ex-high-ranking officers.

    Under Israeli law, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm is 10 years in prison.[47]

  3. Well you are mostly right,terrorist should not be alive but you are mistaken about who is the owner of thay lands and who is the actual terrorist,it is Palestinian ‘s lands and israel is the terrorist,that’s why you are more afraid of death than those little children who throws rock at your face.you cowards

  4. Yes sir, absolutely…One who wishes to, or commits harm to an innocent..Should he or she be deserving of less?? It is a humane act to put a sick animal down….And by the way, exactly what is an "Arab-Israeli"? Isn't that sort of…uh…mixed up? An Islamic Israeli? Religious citzenship?

  5. I believe it is not only ethical to kill a terrorist, but a duty as well. The only problem is, he becomes a "martyr." He is remembered, and his family rewarded.
    Towards that end, I recently heard the idea postulated that the Arab dead should have their body parts harvested for transplant. Each "martyr" could concievably save many lives through transplants. His eyesight transferred to a deserving person, through a cornea transplant. Same with his other organs. Burn whatever parts are left over.
    The idea is to take a hero, and make him a zero. (In the eyes of his brethren). But, if it goes towards saving life, I am for it. It seems evil, but it's a blessing to those who get the transplant. Make that terrorist's life worth more by killing him. It's a duty, and you might as well make the best of it.

  6. I would defend anyone under attack by person or persons with evil intent. Islam, is evil. Therefore, any Islamist is suspect of plotting to do evil, by virtue of their belief system. Those in denial, by allowing Islamist` to live and work in their country, are learning the hard and deadly way. Islam breeds hate.

  7. "There are very good people among them, some of them personal friends of mine. I believe that many of them – perhaps even the majority – feel very badly about the wave of Arab murderousness enveloping us right now."

    There is absolutely no proof that the majority feels bad about this. In fact, if anything, the majority has proven its clear support for the terror campaign. Can't anyone just say the truth without fear? That statement alone just shows how, in the end, even a man like Feiglin is as susceptible as the rest.

  8. It is unJewish to abuse a corpse, no matter how loathsome the deceased was in life. At the same time, one can understand a person's rage on encountering a terrorist, dead or alive. Feiglin is wrong on what Bibi said; he should have said that regretably the junior jihadi was not killed, so Israel did the Jewish thing and saved his miserable life.

  9. He who lives by the sword, will die by the Sword.

    Once the knife is raised, you can cut him down, and walk away, untainted. But not before the knife is raised. Shoot first, yes — If the other is aiming at you, first.

    If you need to shoot, shoot to kill. ..or if you need to shoot, you are shooting at an unrepentant one.

    He who denies the right of another to live in peace; his own life, is forfeited. He who denies others' rights, has no rights of his own.

    This is the error of the secular the criminal justice systems, all over the world. For the criminal, who denies the rights of others, has thus forfeited all of his rights. He recognizes that there are no rights; therefore, he has none, by his own declarative actions.

    This is embedded right in the Tanakh.

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