The Shadow of Their Smile

Written by David Bedein on . Posted in Op-Ed

Incentives for terror include having your house rebuilt after its demolition. Best real estate deal in the Middle East.

On Nov. 17, an Arab teenager used his family car to ram 70-year-old David Ramati just outside of Efrat, Israel; Ramati was moderately injured. The driver sped on to ram another Jew at the Gush Etzion Junction, this time mauling Even Ezer Holaring, a 35-year-old father of five children, who remains in a coma. Ramati’s first response to the media was to comment on the big, wide smile that the Arab teen sported as he tried to kill him.

Why the smile?

First things first, it has been widely published in the Arab media that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) no longer tries to kill potential homicide attackers. Indeed, the IDF only wounded the assailant: critically, but not fatally.

Yet there was another reason for the smile on the face of the Arab assailant. Only a few hours after these two attacks, the IDF dispatched a team to make plans to demolish the home of the terrorist, as he was recovering from his wounds in an Israeli hospital.

Why did an IDF demolition of his home bring a smile to the assailant’s face? As part of the program to provide incentives for terror, the Palestinian Authority (PA) offers to construct a new home in its stead.

In other words, demolition of terrorist homes is now a new incentive to terror.

The Israel Civil Administration spokesperson confirmed that after any terror attack, the PA facilitates new investment for new homes, compensation from the PA, and new aid from the European Union.

What, then, should the people of Israel do? Why not sue to freeze assets of the terrorist’s family and of the terrorist himself?

Top lawyers confirm that the PA can be sued as an accessory to murder, since it provides a financial incentive for a 17-year-old to go out and to kill. Banks in Israel that facilitate PA payments to killers can be sued. Israeli banks that enable the PA to forward gratuities for those who commit acts of murder can be held accountable in an Israeli court of law. The IDF Civil Administration, also known as COGAT, which runs Judea and Samaria,  will not help anyone sue the PA terror regime, defined by the government of Israel since 1993 as a “peace partner.” The initiative to sue terrorists and garnish their assets can only come from the victims themselves.

By David Bedein

 David Bedein is director of Israel Resource News Agency and heads the Center for Near East Policy Research, and the author of "Genesis of the Palestinian Authority "and "Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA Policies Reconsidered."