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An online petition calling on the IDF brass to award a medal—instead of handcuffs—to an IDF medic who shot an Arab terrorist who was lying on the ground in Hebron last Thursday, has garnered more than 44,000 signatures in three days. “This soldier should not have been arrested with expediency, he should have been praised, because with his quick and decisive action he may have prevented a catastrophe.”

Noting that the event took place on Purim, the petition says “the terrorist did not arrive with shalach manos to hand out to the soldiers. He arrived with his terrorist friend, armed with knives, to murder soldiers. The terrorist was dressed in an overcoat on a very warm day and could have easily been hiding on his person an explosive charge which, had it blown up, would have made the mothers of dozens of IDF soldiers cry today instead of rejoice in the Purim holiday.”

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The petition declares: “A terrorist planning to carry out a murderous attack against citizens of the state and against security personnel must know that he would not return home alive, and would not go to prison.”

Israelis have responded with a groundswell of protests to the arrest of a 19-year-old soldier from the Shimshon battalion of the Kfir Brigade, who reportedly arrived on the scene at a check point near Hebron after a stabbing attack by two Arabs on another soldier. One terrorist was already dead, the other lying on the ground unconscious. A video distributed by leftwing NGO B’Tselem showed the arriving soldier shooting the second terrorist dead. Several videos of the event include a comment by one of the Israelis on the scene warning everyone not to touch the terrorist on the ground for fear he was wearing a suicide belt.

One study shows that 82% of Israeli internet talkbackers support the soldier.

Former foreign minister MK Avigdor Lieberman went on Army Radio Sunday morning to complain for not being allowed to visit the shooting soldier in military jail — when known Arab terrorists are visited and hailed by Arab and other MKs. Lieberman also accused Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ya’alon of doing B’Tselem’s biddings, not once but four times since the new wave of terror had begun.

What bothered many Israelis was not necessarily the fact that the soldier was arrested and is being investigated by military police — although that, too, was not a popular move. But what irked people was the blast of condemnations on the part of senior politicians and military brass, including Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, who did not wait for the report on the event or for the decision of the military prosecutor, and used the shooting soldier for a punching bag, to promote their own public image.

Channel 2 News political commentator Amit Segal, who is an Orthodox Jew, wrote Saturday night that this episode has shown a total gap between the wide public and its elected officials in a way that had not been seen in a long time. Support for the soldier didn’t come only from the nationalist camp, Segal noted, but from everywhere, as people were questioning how a routine confirmation of death could possibly end up in a murder indictment.

Very few MKs, even on the right, dared to actually support the killing of the terrorist who was lying on the ground. The most they said was a call for restraint until the investigation is concluded. No one dared suggest that the rules of engagement de facto have long since been changed in the security forces, and that the more certain a would be terrorist is in their death, the fewer attacks would be attempted.

A mass rally is planned for Tuesday outside the military court in Jaffa, where the shooting soldier will be going on trial. There have been calls for the resignation of Chief of Staff Eizenkot because “we need an Israeli, not a Belgian Chief of Staff.”

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107 COMMENTS

  1. Give him a great award with honour……… God bless IDF…………When soldier is jailed for neutralizing terrorist before any incident happen and this is worst justice ever…………..Civil war may be start in Israel ,if soldier would not free…..

  2. Until there is cause for civilian intervention, this issue should remain in your military's sandbox. Politicians seeking Ha-Shem knows what, and the media seeking sensationalism, is tempting, but merely aggravates the situation. Belgium has enough on their table as well; let them digest their serving of Crow themselves.
    Putting reasonableness aside, I'm with the petition signers.
    Appeasement in the face of terror results in only embolding the terrorist. Or, did we not learn this lesson a week, or 78 years, ago?

  3. You’re linking your anti-Israel agenda to your own bigotry. We are not basing our protest on race it is perfectly legitimate to take out a terrorist who has just tried to carry out an attack and who may have a suicide bomb belt or gun on him.

  4. Families of suicide bombers were given payment in advance for their martyrdom by Hamas taken from donations from rich nations…as well as digging tunnels…supposedly for use in rebuilding GAZA and appropriations of basic necessities needed, if this is true…the UN is financing a terrorist nation… As for the IDF soldier who allegedly shot and killed a wounded and unarmed palestinian…is the opposite of what is expected, rewarded by court martial instead of medal…subject to humiliation instead of jubilation…this is a celebration in favor of hamas

  5. i think the truth will be somewhere in between–neither hero nor criminal– once the investigation is finished. Sounded like a lack of communications and without that information (that someone had already checked the terrorist and cleared him for bombs when the soldier who shot wasn’t yet there), he may have done the right thing or perhaps, in hindsight with only a split second to make the decision he needed to do something else. Somewhere along the line some procedures need to change. But lets figure it out in the appropriate venue. Face it. When somebody–even a terrorist dies– you have to give procedures a good, sober look. But a sober review shouldn’t be a political witch hunt or a circus.

  6. All Israeli soldiers should send a message to your leadership , kill all terrorist , you Israeli soldiers must stand united with the soldier they arrested until he is free , but kill all terrorist , your leadership is more worried about politics then Israeli lives , sick leadership that arrests a soldier who life is on the line , shame , someone is a shuck

  7. This IDF soldier is a hero and deserve to be honor and giving a metal not to be handcuff!!! Bibi is this how you planned to stand up against Iran and the rest of our enemies by punishing those IDF heroes who are trying to protect Israel…?!!! enough let him go and give him honors and a metal… IDF should kill terrorist on sight no questions ask period!!!

  8. Is this is how the IDF rewards it's soldiers for "dispatching" a murderous bastard who had just stabbed anther soldier, then every IDF soldier will not want to fight the murdering swines. Does the Chief of Staff expect the soldier to 'first be killed" before they can take out a murdering terrorist?
    The fact that the terrorrist was on the ground, wouned, did not make the soldiers feel safe.
    By dispatching the terrorist, he has saved the lives of mny other soldiers

    The motto of soldiers should be "rather him, not me"
    This soldier saw the terrorist stab another soldier, and tried to dispatch that swine.

    How many soldiers would react like that soldier did.

    The Chief of Staff should be fired, and the soldier rewarded

    Arresting this soldier, will put the fear of Heave, in every soldier to carry out his duty, to kill every bastard who has stabbed another soldier.
    I want my name to be with all the others who have protested the arrest of this young soldier.

    He did the right thing.
    Time for Israel to stop showing the world "what goody goody's" they are.
    I appeal to every Jew to put his/her name with mine in defense of the soldier.

  9. I agree with Markus Brajtman it was a question, if he or the terrorist dies. That the terrorist was neutralized give no secure feeling to him an others. I am at his side, I think this situation happens in each war, every day it is not what we do wish but it is reality . May good lawyers, family, friends, symathisants and Haschem with him.

  10. I have three grandsons in the army. I am terrified that these "boys" of ours, these precious souls who want to protect this country will risk their lives and in return not get the respect and support they rightly deserve. They risk their lives everyday. How can you compare an Israeli soldier who risks his life for us to an Arab want-a-be suicide bomber who is out to kill us. Shame on you

  11. I am NOT AN ISRAELI PERSON HOWEVER I WISH TO ADD MY NAME TO THIS PETITION AND THIS HAS GONE TOO FAR IF ISRAEL AND THE MILITARY LEADERS DO NOT WANT THIS TO CONTINUE THEN THEY SHOULD STOP TEACHING THE SOLDIERS HOW TO KILL AND THEN THERE IS NO NEED TO SPEND MONEY ON FIREARMS
    JUST LOOK HOW MANY BUNCHES OF FLOWERS YOU CAN BUY AND HOW MANY KILOS OF FUNNY WEED
    CAN YOU DISTRIBUTE TO ALL THE FORCES — NOT ARMED FORCES MIND YOU JUST PLAIN FORCES — IF THERE ARE ANY LEFT

  12. Agreed. It could have been my son. You cannot begrudge your daughter or son, or grand… to defend the State of Israel. It must be done. But they must be supported, in turn, by their authorities.

    THE PROBLEM IS THAT BIBI et al have adoped a position of MORAL EQUIVALENCE between the Terrorist and the solier. There CAN BE NO MORAL EQUIVALENCE between a man who wants to defend his nation and someone who is dead set on killing as many Jews as possible.

  13. Europe has, however, bowed their heads to Islam.s My husband just read last night on either Daily Mail/Telegraph that British Police don't want to be armed any more IN CASE THEY ARE INDITED IF THEY SHOOT!!! So they, evidently, have lucky-packet guns, and this is what BTselm and the West wants for Israel too.

    Israel needs to state that THIS IS A WAR – how many have died since last year when these piguot started? It is a war, AND GREATER THAN THE NUMBER OF TRAGIC DEATHS IS THE PSYCHOLOGICAL WAR THAT HAMAS AND THE P.A. ARE WAGING AGAINST ISRAEL. IN THIS INCIDENT THEY ARE WINNING HANDS DOWN

  14. After King David felled Goliath to the ground, he then went AND CUT OFF HIS HEAD. This so moralized the armies of Israel (who until then – even their king, Saul) had been terrified of the Philistines) that they ROUTED THEM ALL THE WAY TO GAT.

    At this stage the opposite is true. The soldier felt exactly like King David felt, BUT IS CONDEMNED FOR THIS, AND THE SOLDIERS OF ISRAEL WILL NO LONG DARE TO SHOOT A TERRORIST.

    Bibi always compalns to the West – rightly – about MORAL EQUIVALENCE. In this case he has embraced moral equivalence HOOK, LINE AND SINKER.

    Prescribed reading: 1 Samuel 17

  15. Again, have a look at Israel, where 44,000 people have already signed a petition praising a cold-blooded execution committed by a member of Israel's illegal occupying forces. And look at the comments of pious American Jews for whom no atrocity is too much for the Jewish State.

  16. Eizenkot is a coward and others lefty like him, who want to play as the nice guys in the eyes of th Muslim in the Oval Office, and the EU and our enemies, get rid of him, Avigdor Lieberman should be in charge and as PM as Bibi somehow lost his will power to do right by the IDF, and to protect Israelis from dirty blood sucker Terrorists, I was always a big supporter of Bibi but not any more, as this start getting out of hand, and he is becoming weak.

  17. Sonia Willats I can not beleive that everyone is Europe is stupid and that is why the police do not carry guns. I would like to know both what the experts who have researched this find the best way to deal with this and what is International law in this situation

  18. its a disgrace that the soldier should be on trial – he should be given a medal for bravery – remember we are talking about a terrorist who was wearing a coat in heat – what did he have under his coat? GIVE HIM A MEDAL !

  19. Mothers are being slaughtered in front of their children for the unforgivable crime of being Jewish. With no end in sight to this genocidal war of attrition, one hero accomplished what the Israeli government failed: To send a clear message that the genocidal racists who attempt these war crimes will not be treated to free medical care and college education courtesy of the tax-paying mothers they're committing genocide against, thus allowing the likelihood that they will continue their terror in the future. Rather, their threat will be permanently eliminated. Please support this selfless hero so no more mothers will be slaughtered in front of their children for the crime of being Jewish.

  20. Muriel Evens
    As you arrive in your Belgium airport
    one of the wounded terrorist dressed in a heavy
    coat starts moving by YOU.YOU have
    One second to decided if this MURDER
    continues killing…YOU!
    do you beg the police to shoot him,
    Or would u would run over and take his
    pulse?

  21. I live in Canada and want to add my name to the petition. I commend the IDF soldier for his action in preventing a huge massacre of our Jewish people. Yes, this IDF soldier deserves a medal for doing the right thing. I am proud of him for being selfless and protecting our People. May Hashem bless him and protect him until 120! Amen!

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