Israel’s High Court has intervened to suspend the government’s policy of demolishing the houses of terrorists, which was renewed as part of the crackdown on the current Palestinian violence.
The Court issued an injunction on Thursday temporarily freezing the demolitions of the homes belonging to the families of the terrorists who murdered Malahi Rosenfeld, Danny Gonen and Eitam and Naama Henkin Hy”d.
The demolitions were scheduled for Thursday, but the judges agreed to delay them pending the state’s response to a petition.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that demolitions are an important tool in fighting the terror, and urged the court to dispose of the case with alacrity.
“Our problem is the disconnect between the act and the consequences of the act,” Netanyahu said. “Therefore, we want to minimize the time and I hope that the the High Court will make its decision as quickly as possible.”
He added that “if they decide, and usually they decide yes to demolish, it’s better to do so close to the incident, within a number of days rather than weeks or months.”