What is this Israeli Prof's suggestion to stop terrorist attacks?

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A right wing Israeli scholar suggested in an interview with an Israeli radio that the only way to discourage a suicide bomber was the threat of rape on the bomber's mother or sister.

The International Business Times (IBT) reported that Mr Mordechai Kedar made those remarks in Hebrew three weeks ago after the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers were found in the West Bank in June.

Mr Kedar is researcher with the Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, a conservative think tank based in Israel. 

That incident led to the latest cycle of violence, the fifth since 2005 between Israel and Hamas, according to AFP.

While the radio interview was recorded three weeks ago, in was only published last Monday (July, 21).

IBT published a translated partial transcipt of Mr Kedar's interview where made those remarks.

"It sounds very bad, but that's the Middle East," he continued. "You have to understand the culture in which we live. The only thing that deters [Hamas leaders] is a threat to the connection between their heads and their shoulders."  

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mr Kedar

The shocked radio presenter then protested saying that they could not possibly commit such a thing.

Mr Kedar than replied that he was not saying about what they should or should not do.  

"I'm talking about the facts. The only thing that deters a suicide bomber is the knowledge that if he pulls the trigger or blows himself up, his sister will be raped. That's all. That's the only thing that will bring him back home, in order to preserve his sister's honour."

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mr Kedar

According to to his profile on the centre's page, he was with the Military Intelligence of the Israeli Defence for 25 years before he became an academic.

IBT reported that Kedar's reaction sparked angry protests from Israeli feminist who protested that his words would endanger both Israeli and Palestinian women.

Source: International Business Times, IBA World Service, Reuters

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