GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel January 7, 2015 — In a gut-wrenchingly accurate instance of art imitating life, the opening season of the hit Israeli TV show “Hatufim” (“Prisoners of War”), depicts the conflicting feelings that naturally come about when the Israeli government releases terrorists with blood on their hands. In one such scene from the show that inspired HBO’s “Homeland,” a parent of a child murdered in a terrorist attack assaults one of the returned POWs because he had been swapped for his kid’s killer.
Sadly, for Israelis this is anything but fiction. Most recently (but tragically far from exclusively), protests were held outside of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence last year by the families of victims of terror after it was announced that Israel would release a large number of Palestinian prisoners as a sign of “good faith,” in order to bring the Palestinians back to the negotiating table (by the way, this hair-brained scheme, cooked up by John Kerry and Barack Obama, crashed and burned almost immediately).
With respect to the soldiers who have been returned and their families, this is a policy that only does harm to Israel and the world.
The release of these Jihadist animals is celebrated by the West as a “brave step towards peace” but it is celebrated by the Palestinians, and other Islamic Jihadists all over the world as an Israeli acquiescence to terrorism. How else can you explain the party Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Obama’s great peace-maker, throws at his residence every time a new group of Jew-killers are granted their freedom. How many Palestinians who have worked hard towards peace have received such fanfare from the PA, including kisses on the cheek by Abbas himself?
The sad truth is that no Israeli government, no matter how hawkish the Prime Minister, can be 100% trusted to not release Palestinian terrorists who have blood on their hands. As Israeli Knesset Member Ayelet Shaked said in 2013, “The State of Israel does not know how to keep terrorists in prison, unfortunately we have no choice but to ensure that murderers, like those who killed the Fogel family, who killed a three month old and his parents, are never released.”
For all of the hate heaped on the Jewish State, no country, including Syria, has been above asking Israel for help when needed. In no sector is this more true than with regard to security and anti-terror consulting. Therefore, Israel has a responsibility to show the world how terrorists must be dealt with. Civil societies should tolerate nothing short of capital punishment for the monsters who spill innocent blood in the name of Islam.
Thus far, Israel has failed to establish this precedent, but sadly in the Jewish State there is always another opportunity upcoming. The most recent case, one that has as good a chance of being widely accepted as any, is the case of Hussam Hassan Kawasame. On Tuesday, Kawasame was sentenced to three life sentences for masterminding the kidnapping and murder of Gil-Ad Shaer, 16, Naftali Fraenkel, 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19 in June on their way home from school. Their abduction and murder became the tipping point for the summer war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
According to the Jerusalem Post, this was not Kawasame’s first time killing Jews. The JPost reported that he, “was in Israeli prison from 1995 to 2002 after being convicted of involvement in Hamas terrorist offenses, including being part of a cell that carried out bomb attacks. ‘He is the son of a family whose sons have been involved in severe terrorist attacks on behalf of Hamas,’ the Shin Bet said.”
Allowing this man to keep his life while the lives of Eyal, Naftali and Gil-Ad were tragically cut so short is the worst kind of injustice. Yet, this is not the only reason Israel should execute Kawasame.
Israel must make an example of Kawasame so that the Western world learns how terror must be confronted if they want to stop the violent radical Islamisation of the globe that is underway.
If Israel will not put Kawasame to death because they owe it to the families of the three boys, as well as the families of the fallen in the summer war, they should at least do it because it will be as powerful a rejection of murder in the name of Allah that can be made.
Many have argued that Jews referring to themselves as the “Chosen People” is racist. However, being “chosen” does not mean that we are superior to any other people. What it means is that Jews, and the Jewish State, have a responsibility to be a “light unto the nations,” a beacon of justice and strength, in a world that needs heroes desperately. Ridding the world of filth such as Hussam Hassan Kawasame is just and strong, and will hopefully encourage the rest of the cowering world to follow suit and start fighting back against Jihad before it is too late.