21 Ministers Express Support for Defense Minister Ya'alon, Come Out Against Killing Neutralized Terrorists
'The standard that dictates you don’t shoot a neutralized enemy, one who does not pose a threat, reflects Jewish law and universal and Jewish values'
Among those who signed are former ministers of the National Religious Party and Likud
The Former Ministers Forum, organized by the Israel Democracy Institute, which consists of ministers from all across the political spectrum, came out on April 11 with a statement supporting Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and his opposition to killing neutralized terrorists.
Following the forum meeting, the former ministers released a statement:
"Those who have signed this document condemn the incitement raised against Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, which came after he spoke out against the actions of the soldier who shot dead a neutralized terrorist in Hebron.
"The forum is against delegitimizing the defense minister for standing up for the IDF's moral code....The standard that dictates you don’t shoot a neutralized enemy, one who does not pose a threat, reflects Jewish law and universal and Jewish values. We must insist on maintaining this standard and criticize those who come out against it."
The Former Ministers Forum, which was launched recently by IDI, advances issues related to the public and parliamentary agenda.
Those signed on the statement include: Effi Eitam, Michael Eitan, Yoram Aridor, Yossi Beilin, Ronnie Bar-On, Shaul Yahalom, Raanan Cohen, Ran Cohen, Ghaleb Majdleh, David Magen, Roni Milo, Michael Melchior, Dan Meridor, Orit Noked, Avraham Poratz, Ophir Paz-Pines, Haim Ramon, Avraham Shochat, Meir Sheetrit, Ilan Shalgi and Yuli Tamir.