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Sentencing of Israeli Teens’ Murderer is Ludicrous

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Murdered Israeli teens Gilad Shaer, Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frankel (IDF)

Murdered Israeli teens Gilad Shaer, Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frankel (IDF)

The Israeli Judea Military Court recently sentenced the Palestinian mastermind of the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teenagers to three life sentences. Shame on Israel and these judges. Now this Arab monster will begin a new life of free room and board, health care, a library, a place to pray, etc., all paid for by Israeli society. Talk about spitting in the face of the Fraenkel, Shaer, and Yifrah families.

These teenagers will never take another breath or experience another day of life, but their murderer will. And their parents will wake up every day knowing that the man who killed their sons is alive and well.

Shame on Israel for following the morally bankrupt European Union by outlawing “Capital Punishment for Murder.” Those “sophisticated” European progressives have evolved so far, that they can actually have compassion for the most evil actions on the face of the earth. That certainly says a great deal about the European mind and soul.

It is America, virtually alone, that carries out justice for those who murder our beautiful brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, husbands and wives. Where does America get such arrogance? From the Bible of course. The only Biblical/Torah law actually repeated in each of the five Books of Moses is capital punishment for murder. The idea that a Jewish nation might somehow imbibe these values seems ludicrous.

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What Israel and the Europeans are announcing is that no matter how many lives you have taken, and no matter how cruel your torturous acts, we will allow you to keep your life.

The four main arguments against capital punishment can easily be refuted.

Fraudulent Argument #1—”An innocent person could get executed.” This is the only argument with any validity. However, many more innocent people get killed in automobile accidents, so perhaps we should stop driving. People fall from tall buildings, so perhaps we should stop building skyscrapers. People die from taking drugs, so perhaps we should stop making those tiny pills that save so many lives.

The reality is that everything in life has risk associated with it, and in virtually every circumstance, innocent people will die. Unfortunately, that is part of life. The trick is to make the risk as small as possible, which includes making cars safer, buildings safer, drugs safer, and the court trial system as safe and accurate as possible. Societal laws are all about minimizing mistakes, because in virtually every case, from building codes to traffic laws, a mistake can take innocent lives.

Fraudulent Argument #2—”The death penalty does not accomplish anything, because you cannot bring back the dead person.” Of course it accomplishes something. In most cases, it provides closure for the relatives of the dead person, accomplishes justice, and acts as a deterrent.

Fraudulent Argument #3—”Capital Punishment is state murder. Who are we to take a life?” Only the well-educated can call capital punishment murder. There are two words for the act – killing and murder. Murder is taking an innocent life and killing is usually associated with a moral act, like in war or a policeman shooting a sniper. Killing Adolf Hitler would have been one of the most moral acts of the 20th century. The same act can be moral or evil depending on its context.

Fraudulent Argument #4—”Minorities are disproportionately executed.” This is simply a lie developed by the anti-capital punishment crowd. Minorities are disproportionately represented on death row, but not executed disproportionately. The true statistic is that “poor” murderers are disproportionately executed over “rich” murderers like O.J. Simpson and Robert Durst. Fancy, expensive lawyers are the real problem. We should mete out the death penalty fairly, not drop it.

A just society is one that uses capital punishment. At this moment, Israel seems far from just.

Irwin N. Graulich is a motivational speaker and author on ethics, morality, Judaism, religion and politics, and president of Bloch Graulich Whelan Inc., a leading marketing, communications and branding company in New York City.

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