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Netanyahu orders not to return terrorists’ bodies

PM orders Defense Minister Ya’alon to stop returning bodies, in apparent move towards Internal Security Minister’s position.

By Nitsan Keidar


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday ordered Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) not to return the bodies of Arab terrorists who murdered Jews.

While the Security Cabinet previously decided not to return the bodies of terrorists as a deterrent step, Ya’alon has continued returning the bodies of Arab terrorists from Judea and Samaria, which is under his jurisdiction. For his part, Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) has largely blocked the return of bodies of terrorists from sovereign Israel.

The government has been condemned for returning bodies, and the subsequent funerals have often become massive terror parades inciting new attacks, such as in one particularly harrowing funeral in Jerusalem in January in which hundreds of Hamas terrorists fired automatic weapons in the air.

Netanyahu’s new step not to return the bodies indicates an increase in the measures taken against the terror wave that has raged since last September, and which has claimed


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