Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Oren Hazan (Likud) responded on Wednesday to the news that the family of Muhannad Halabi, an Arab terrorist who murdered two Israelis last October, has purchased a new villa after the IDF demolished their home in January.
The purchase of the massive mansion was made with money donated by the Palestinian public to help the family of Halabi, who murdered Rabbi Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Banita in Jerusalem's Old City, and likewise seriously wounded Banita's wife and wounded his 2-year-old son.
"The Palestinian race for an apartment has begun," warned Hazan.
"It appears that the Palestinian Authority has found a creative solution to the housing crisis – a family that sends a representative to murder a Jew will be awarded with a luxurious villa, in addition to the honor that the family receives."
Speaking in irony, the MK added that "at more advanced stages, they can also try to sue the state of Israel and win a few more jobs in 'the martyr race to a million' (a play on the name of a popular TV show – ed.), and all that is accompanied by the support of anti-Zionist organizations and treacherous Knesset parties."
Hazan said of Halabi's family that it "managed to acquire for itself a luxurious villa on donations after the IDF demolished their home – they are only an example of how the families of terrorists gather properties and celebrate at the expense of our Jewish brothers' blood, even while we are struggling for justice and the release of innocent soldiers who dared to destroy their wicked plots."
His comment would appear to refer the soldier who two weeks ago shot a wounded terrorist in Hevron, and who currently is being charged with manslaughter. The soldier has argued he shot over concerns the terrorist was moving to detonate a hidden bomb belt.
"I have said in the past and say again, the demolition of the homes of terrorists is an effective punishment, but it requires followup and accompanying steps! We have to take off the kid gloves and start acting with a hard hand against these murderers who benefit at our expense, including the expulsion of families."
Outlining the steps he would have the government take, Hazan said, "we must negate the stipends, negate their residency and send them to Gaza, Syria or any other attractive destination."
"And to those who are concerned for their welfare, I am ready to provide them for free with a folding cardboard box for them to live in until they find a large trash container for the entire family."
"Enough of us being suckers! This (new) house should be demolished too," concluded the MK.