Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Wednesday officially gave the order to demolish the eastern Jerusalem family home of an Israeli Arab gunman who killed eight young Bible students at a Jewish seminary in the capital in March.
The Israeli government debated for months over how to respond to the bloody shooting spree by Ala Abu Dheim, who had intimate knowledge of the yeshiva due to his years of service as a taxi driver for the Jewish students there.
In the end, the recommendation of top security officials that Israel must establish deterrence by dealing harshly with those connected to Jerusalem Arab terrorists won out, and Barak issued the demolition order.
The Abu Dheim family will now have one week to appeal the decision with Israel's Home Front Command. If the Home Front commander rejects the appeal, the family with have another week to petition Israel's Supreme Court.
Israel's liberal Supreme Court has on numerous occasions in the past prevented the demolition of terrorists' family homes.
The Israeli defense establishment continues to debate the possible demolitions of the eastern Jerusalem homes of two local Arabs who attacked Jewish motorists and pedestrians with bulldozers in the capital last month.