I agree with Rabbi Rontzki, I also believe that the ancient Jewish law of an “eye for an eye” is not made from the desire to exact revenge, but a call for justice. It’s also a law of moderation, seeing that the pagans of the time not only murdered the supposed offender, but also the family, relatives, if not the entire tribe, and kept up with the revenge for generations. “An eye for an eye” takes on a completely different light when viewed from that perspective. KGS
Child murderers deserve to die
“Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed” says the Book of Genesis. This is not a trivial statement. Our ancient ancestors, at the very beginning of human history, demanded measure for measure where murderers were concerned.
The ancients’ healthy instincts, not yet warped by the ideas of subsequent intellectuals, told them that the only way to stop evildoers was to remove them from this earth.
Not every transgression justifies an eye for an eye punishment. But this kind of punishment does apply to cruel evildoers, particularly child murderers like the killers of Udi and Ruti Fogel and their three children Yoav, Elad and Hadas.
One of the two perpetrators of these painful and horrific murders, the mastermind Amjad Awad, is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday in the Samaria Military Court. The other culprit was sentenced last week to five consecutive life sentences. This was a mistake, in my view. The only rightful punishment in such cases is the death penalty.
One must recall that the murderers wiped out almost an entire family. And we have not yet discussed the shocking method used to commit the murders: through close-range physical contact, by slitting throats, including the throat of a three-month-old baby.
Justice and humanity would be served if such murderers, perversions of human society, not continue to exist among us.