Liberman’s 1st New Policy: Terrorists’ bodies not to be returned to families


Defense Minister Liberman tells IDF to stop handing over dead terrorists to the PA for burial, while the National Security Council is to submit plans for creating a cemetery for terrorists.

By Hezki Baruch


Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman instructed the IDF Thursday to desist from its policy of handing over terrorists’ bodies to the Palestinian Authority for burial.

Celebratory funeral in eastern Jerusalem – Photo: Reuters

His instruction was given despite the recommendation of the IDF and the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) to return terrorists’ bodies, because not doing so could cause Arab anger and violence.

Liberman’s predecessor, Moshe Ya’alon, agreed with the security establishment top brass and followed a policy of returning bodies for burial. This was usually accompanied with admonitions that the burial must be carried out quietly, but the admonitions were often ignored and the funerals turned into nationalistic demonstrations.

During Thursday’s Security Cabinet session, Liberman asked Government Legal Advisor Avichai Mandelblit to make it possible to tear down terrorists’ homes without a lengthy legal process.

“A terrorist’s home should be razed within 24 hours,” he reportedly said. “Why isn’t this happening?” According to Haaretz, Mandelblit told him that there was no way of circumventing the legal procedures that delay the procedure.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the National Security Council to prepare plans for creating a special cemetery for terrorists.


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