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What Would You Do if Your Were Attacked in Your Own Home?

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The essays in Haaretz responding to the sentence given to Aryeh Schiff, who fatally shot a man who was trying to steal his car, are detached from reality. It’s easy to write while sitting in Tel Aviv or the comfortable Jerusalem neighborhood of Rehavia. I’d like to see how the writers of these pieces would react to a daily reality in which armed, masked criminals do as they please in their neighborhoods.

Organized crime must be fought with the methods used to fight terrorism, including a reasoned, controlled use of the Shin Bet security service, since the only difference between terrorism and organized crime is their motives. Both hurt and intimidate civilians. In a democratic society there is obviously room for debating the human rights of a burglar or a robber, and even of a rapist or murderer. But this is not more important than citizens’ rights to personal safety and the protection of their property.

Noa Landau wrote (Haaretz, Nov. 16) that Schiff’s punishment was “embarrassing.” Why embarrassing? It’s a reasonable and proportionate penalty, concordant with the justified plea bargain. In the United........

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