(Communicated by Minister of Defense Bureau)

After summarizing the recommendations of the IDF Homefront Command, the ISA and the Israel Police, Minister of Defense Ehud Barak today (Wednesday, August 6, 2008) ordered the initiation of the demolition of the home of Alaa Hashem Hasan, the terrorist who carried out the massacre at the Merkaz Harav yeshiva in March 2008.

In accordance with FM Barak’s decision, the terrorist’s family will be allowed to appeal the decision to General Yair Golan, commanding officer of the Homefront Command, during the next seven days. In the event their appeal is denied, the family will be allowed an additional seven days to present a petition before the Supreme Court.

FM Barak has requested that the Legal Counsel of the Ministry of Defense examine the possibility of shortening the legal proceedings and their duration in the event that similar events occur in the future.