“If there will be more terror attacks by Jews, we will also do house demolitions of Jews,” Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked warned over Israel Radio on Thursday, the first time such words have been heard from the Jewish Home MK since taking office.
Until now, Shaked has maintained that the problem of Jewish terrorism is not sufficient to justify home demolitions as a deterrent against terrorism.
But on Thursday, she opened the door to a tougher policy.
Shaked declared that “the justice system does not discriminate between blood and blood. The story of house demolitions is different because it’s not a punishment, it’s a step toward deterrence.”
“If there will be more terror attacks by Jews, we will also do house demolitions of Jews. If we are lucky and hopefully it continues that Jews only perpetrate terror attacks very rarely so there is no need for this deterrent effect, but if the situation changes, then definitely” the state would respond accordingly, she said.
Since the murder of Muhammed Abu Khdeir in 2014 and the Duma murders last July, the government has faced pressure to demolish Jewish terrorists’ houses or cease the practice altogether.