Photo Credit: Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu's Facebook page
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu

( Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the Chief Rabbi of Tsfat and a member of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate Council, has called for the prosecution of policemen or soldiers who let terrorist stay alive after an attack. Rabbi Eliyahu was asked on Thursday night via his Facebook page, which is maintained by his staff, “Is it permissible to leave a terrorist alive for questioning after an attack?”

His response was: “It is prohibited to leave an attacker alive after an attack. If you leave alive — there’s a chance that he would be released and kill more people.” The rabbi then added: “Of course, we must seek the best legal way to eradicate this evil from our midst. Only in a case where you really have no other choice, and there is a ticking bomb, it is permitted to keep him alive, interrogate him and then send him to hell as soon as possible.”


Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu is the son of former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, Mordechai Eliyahu. He served in an IDF combat unit and is renowned for his harsh views of the Arabs in Israel. He is the sworn enemy of one of the most influential, left-leaning government officials, Attorney-General, Yehuda Weinstein. In July 2013, Eliyahu ran for the post of Sephardi Chief Rabbi, and the AG requested that he drop his candidacy, because of offensive statements he had made. Arab MK Esawi Frej filed an emergency petition with the High Court asking that Eliyahu be disqualified for his “racist” comments, but the Court rejected it. In December 2013, Eliyahu petitioned the high court against AG Weinstein, for using confidential information from an official investigation in his attempt to prevent Eliyahu from running.

In his Facebook responsa, Rabbi Eliyahu also suggested “police officers or soldiers who leave terrorists alive after an attack need to be prosecute. There should an investigating committee to discover how a particular terrorists managed to come alive out of an attack he had launched—perhaps the law not clear enough and it needs to be changed. There may be people in the Prosecutor’s Office who should be prosecuted. Maybe there’s a need to shake up some police or army officers.”


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  1. not smart at all… a dead terrorist cannot talk and cannot give information about all the other animals who work with him, paid him and assisted him. Let him live, get everything out of him and then and only then, let him fall ‘accidentally’ down the stairs until every bone in his body turns to compost

  2. However, if Israel knows they will hold him for life and not release him until they make peace with Palestine, I believe they should not kill him or her if the terrorist attack was unsuccessful. Also, they have to stop filming the shootings because the Arab media jumps on it and makes us look bad and uses it to incite more violence (even though we are justified).

  3. Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu is correct.

    The state of Israel must kill all the Arab terrorists, including those who are imprisoned, because the Arab terrorists are making war against Israel, so that they are war enemies, and it is written in the Torah, in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 20:10-18, that God commanded Israel to kill all the war enemies. The war enemies must be killed immediately, and not submitted to trial. The state of Israel must kill the Arab terrorists, instead of arresting them.

    The Palestinian Arabs (including the so called “Israeli Arabs”) are making war against Israel, because they are killing or trying to kill the Jews, and intend to destroy Israel and try to steal the land of the Jews. It is written in the Torah, in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 20:10-18, that God commanded that, in the war, Israel kill all the enemies, without distinction between combatants and civilians. So, the state of Israel must kill all the Palestinian Arabs, without distinction between combatants and civilians. Note that the Palestinian Arabs are killing the Jews without distinction between combatants and civilians. If the Jews do not kill all the Palestinian Arabs, the Palestinian Arabs will kill all the Jews. The state of Israel must obey God, and fulfill His commandments that are in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 20:10-18.

    The state of Israel must expel the Arabs from its territory, which includes the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, because it is written in the Torah, in Shemot (Exodus) 23:31-33 and in Bamidbar (Numbers) 33:52, that God commanded Israel to expel the other inhabitants of the Land of Canaan, which is the Land of Israel, which includes all the Palestine. The Arabs invaded the Land of Israel in the year 635 CE, so that they are invaders, and must leave Israel, and return to their own land, which is Arabia. This is not racism, because any person, of any race or ethnicity, can convert to Judaism. Moreover, the Palestinian Arabs are killing the Israeli Jews, so that the Israeli Jews need to expel the Palestinian Arabs from the Land of Israel (Palestine), as self defense, in order to save their lives.

    The rulers of the state of Israel who did not expel the Arabs from the Land of Israel, as God commanded in Numbers 33:52, are also guilty for the death of Shalom Yohai Sherki, Adelle Biton, Danny Gonen, Alexander Levlovitz, Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin and the other Jews who were killed by Arabs. The state of Israel must expel the Arabs from the Land of Israel right now, before they kill other Jews.

  4. it is maintained that if you do not destroy your enemy, they will come back four fold! – that is exactly what has happened, we have pulled out of two wars in the middle east and are drowning in the residue of their resurgence. The Rabbi is correct. Why should more Jewish blood be spilled by people who are black with ignorance, resentment and who wish to totally destroy the very people who have given their utmost through thousands of years.

  5. The logic is valid. We. 1. We have here murderous terrorists. 2. When one is apprehended, logically and morally he must be killed. If not, the question is why not? This is instead of investigating whether there was a need for the killing. The assumption is that in the majority of cases, the killer must be killed. This is healthy, logical and moral. We certainly do not have any faith that the terrorist is about to change his ways. What is your problem?
    Regarding the good rabbi, I can assure you he is fine and outstanding Jewish thinking man.

  6. Sounds like America. The rights of the perpetrators are considered; the sufferings of the victims is not.

    It all stems from replacing the required and just and needed physical punishment with the legalistic appeasement of tort.

    Of course, the American justice system got that big and bright-shining idea, from somewhere else…

  7. We all must face upto it that the Rabbi is quite correct.Terror, unlike regular warfare between countries is an attack on civilisation by a gang of murderers who ignore all conventions like exempting hospitals and killing captives. Since they place themselves outside the usual laws and conventons of civilisation, which is how differant races live and war with each other, they must not get any protection at all from the laws whose framework they have set out to destroy!

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