44,000 Israelis Sign Petition to Award Medal to IDF Soldier Who Shot ‘Neutralized’ Terrorist
Accused soldier led into hearing by his attorney. / Screenshot
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.”
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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Wonderful Photos From the Past
Frank Sinatra stepping out of a helicopter with a drink.
A man ice skating in a suit (1937).
The definition of old school cool. Cary Grant in the 1950s.
Clint Eastwood with actresses Olive Sturgess and Dani Crayne in San Francisco, 1954.
A couple dancing in a 1950's "Be Bop" theater as everyone looks on.
A young Harrison Ford.
A salesman has his motorized roller skates refueled at a gas station (1961).
A couple on Michigan Avenue in Chicago (1975).
A young boy stealing the show, back when middle school kids knew how to dance (1950).
Children of Chicago (1941).
A gang of greasers in NYC, 1950.
A young Kevin Spacey (1980s).
Teenagers and their first car (1950s).
High school fashion feature in Life Magazine (1969).
Dean Martin & Angie Dickinson on the set of Rio Bravo, 1959.
Marlon Brando's screen test in "Rebel Without A Cause" (1955).
A young Michael Caine in 1959.
Caroline Kennedy walks ahead while her father, the most powerful man in the world, carries her doll. (1960).
An old family photo from the early 1900s.
The Beatles before they were famous.
Cosmos host and astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson at a college wrestling match.
Three boys pose for a camera on the streets of Jamaica.
A young Sean Connery relaxing on the couch.
Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger sit opposite each other on a train to Bangor. (1967).
Sigourney Weaver in a suit.
Ernest Hemingway's striking passport photo (1923).
Diana Rigg (Olenna Tyrell from Game of Thrones) in 1967.
Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and his cabinet - 1968. These men knew how to wear a suit.
Brigitte Bardot visits Pablo Picasso at his studio near Cannes in 1956.
Audrey Hepburn at a premiere on September 14, 1953.
Jimi Hendrix backstage at Monterey Pop Festival, 1967.
Sophia Loren, one of the only actresses to win an Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe awards.
6 time Golden Globe winner Paul Newman boating in Venice during a film festival (1963).
A businessman doubling as a graffiti artist.
David Bowie's mugshot.
Elspeth Beard, shortly after becoming first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle. The journey took 3 years and covered 48,000 miles.
How they used to date in the 1950s.
Girl on a scooter (1969).
The gorgeous necklines of the 1950s.
Leather clad English rocker girl.
Women boxing on a roof in LA (1933).
Muhammad Ali looking dapper.
Girl with typewriter and a smoke.
The original way to 'text' in Class (1944).
Ellen O'Neal, the greatest woman freestyle skateboarder in the 1970s.
A stylish couple in the rain in London (1963).
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip at the horse races (1968).