Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, one of the leading rabbis in the national-religious camp, called yesterday for the the death penalty for Palestinians involved in terrorist activities in order to prevent future kidnappings and other terrorist attacks.

Speaking to The Jerusalem Post, Aviner, head of the Ateret Yerushalayim Yeshiva in the Jerusalem’s Old City and the rabbi of the Beit El settlement, said the solution to the issue of kidnappings must address root causes.

“Bowing down to terror only brings more terror…. The death penalty should be used as a way of dissuading terrorism,” Rav Aviner said.

“At the moment, terrorists who are caught sit in jail, eat good food, study for university degrees and then are released and hailed as national heroes,”

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