By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
The Israel Democracy Institute recently conducted a survey asking Israelis if they support the death penalty for terrorists who murder Israelis.
70% of Israelis say that they would support executing terrorists found guilty of murdering Israelis.
This week a bill will be brought to the Knesset to change the current law and allow capital punishment for terrorists.
Since Israel's birth in 1948, only one person has been executed - Adolf Eichmann the mastermind behind the transporting of Jews to their deaths during the Nazi Final Solution. And even then the
Knesset had to pass a special exception in order to execute Eichmann.
The debate going on now is intense.
Until now terrorists knew that should they remain alive after the attack, they may one day return home as part of a negotiated trade deal. But with the rise of suicide terrorists and ISIS, there are very different options available for Israelis and for the terrorists. Today's terrorists almost always assume that they will die in the operation.
It is too soon to tell what the result of this very heated debate will be. We will, however, soon have our answer.
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