(A7) Colonel (Res.) Zeev Raz, one of the leaders of the anti-Netanyahu protest movement and a former fighter pilot, is seemingly calling to murder the Prime Minister on the charges of “rodef”, a traditional Jewish law that allows bystanders preemptively kill a potential murderer.
“I am amazed by the Hodek’s mildness. Only defense with a weapon? Passiveness? Cupping therapy for the dead,” he wrote on Facebook, referring to Attorney David Hodek, who said, “I won’t refrain from using live fire if they force me to live under a dictatorship.”
Raz writes, “If a Prime Minister gets up and takes the authority of a dictator, that Prime Minister is a man of death, it’s that simple, together with his ministers and those who work with him. We also have to have the law of ‘rodef.’
“My rodef law states: If a man, Israeli or foreign, takes over my county and rules it undemocratically, there is an obligation to kill him. It’s not polite, and it makes me shudder, but the other option is many innocent deaths, and it is better to kill criminals. I am preparing a detailed declaration on the matter.
In response to Raz’s post, the Likud released a statement stating: “The incitement against the Prime Minister is breaking records of insanity. We are shocked by Zeev Raz’s calls to murder Prime Minister Netanyahu and the ministers in the government. ISA and the police must work immediately to arrest him and anyone else who incites against the government.”
National Unity Party chairman Benny Gantz condemned Raz’s remarks in a conversation with Israel National News, “I strongly condemn any call for violence or incitement. It is forbidden to be dragged into these areas, and no one has the authority to incite, no matter how much they contributed to the country. We will fight the police coup in the streets, in the Parlement, and through other means, not through incitement and calls to murder.
Opposition leader Yair Lapid condemned Ze’ev Raz’s comments against Netanyahu. “I strongly condemn any incitement and the call to preemptively kill Netanyahu. This fight is for the soul of the country. Any incitement and violence only harm the war to save the country. I call on all lovers of the country to demonstrate, protest, take to the streets, but keep the law, do not give in to violence.”