Rav S. Eliyahu: Soldiers And Police Who Don’t Kill Terrorists Should be Investigated


1Tzfat Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Shlita in a posting to Facebook stated that soldiers and policemen who do not shoot terrorist dead should be investigated as to why a terrorist was permitted to remain alive.


May one permit a terrorist to live after an attack for the sake of interrogation?


One may not permit a terrorist to remain alive after an attack for we fear he may strike against in the future after being released.

One must of course seek a legal way to remove this evil from our midst. Only in the case of absolute must, such as a ticking time bomb may we permit him to live to question him and then send him to Gehenom as quickly as possible.

In my opinion, an investigation must be launched against policemen and soldiers who do not kill terrorists to determine how he is still alive. Perhaps the law is not sufficiently clear and should be amended. Perhaps people in the prosecution should be placed on trial or perhaps the police or the IDF has to shake up some officers.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. The terroriists are enemy soldiers, and Israel signed a treaty agreeing not to execute prisoners. Also, killing prisoners means that enemy soldiiers will fight to the death rather than surrender, and in doing so will kill more Israelis – it is rational to want them to give up rather than to go down shooting.

  2. Might it be on occasion (where he/she is surrounded or unable to inflict more damage) “yachol l’hatzil b’echad me’eivarav”?

  3. All I can say is: compare these words to those of the Gadol HaDor, HaRav Shteinman. One man says to do a cheshbon hanefesh, acts of chesed and to learn Torah. The other says to kill and to prosecute anyone who doesn’t kill. One of these is the path of our fathers, the other is the way of Eisav. You figure out which is which.

  4. The reisha says that a legal means must be found to accomplish this end. Mashma, one hasn’t been found yet.

    The seifa then calls for investigating people for following a rule that doesn’t (yet) exist.

  5. #4 . So by your words (what you imply at least). Dawidh Hamelech was “in the path of Esav” ? As was Shimshon, as was Yoshua, as was Moshe Rabbeinu himself. You need to learn Tannach my friend. Stop being a galut, a “galus” Jew and be a real Jew instead.