Is Olmert Recklessly Endangering the Jews?


Thanks to Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA for this analysis of the US definition of Reckless Endangerment as it relates to Ehud Olmert’s decision to implement lifting roadblocks in Yehuda and the Shomron.

RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT FIRST DEGREE(D Felony)(Depraved Indifference; Risk of Death)PENAL LAW 120.25(Committed on or after Sept. 1, 1967)(Revised June 15, 2006) (New York State):

Under our law, a person is guilty of Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree when, under circumstances evincing a depraved indifference to human life, that person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a grave risk of death to another person.

… he or she:engages in conduct which creates a grave and unjustifiable risk that another person’s death will occur, and when he or she is aware of and consciously disregards that risk, and when that grave and unjustifiable risk is of such natureand degree that disregard of it constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of conduct that a reasonable person would observe in the situation.

To constitute this crime, the evidence must also show that the defendant acted under circumstances evincing a depraved indifference to human life.

A DEPRAVED INDIFFERENCE TO HUMAN LIFE consists of both depravity and indifference to human life.

Depraved indifference to human life is best understood as an utter disregard for the value of human life. Conduct engaged in with a depraved indifference to human life is conduct done, not because one means to cause death, but because one simply does not care whether or not death will occur. It reflects wickedness, evil or inhumanity, as manifested by brutal, heinous and despicable acts. It is embodied in conduct that is wanton, deficient in a moral sense of concern, and devoid of regard of the life or lives of others.

By extension, consider the points made by Benjamin Netanyahu while disregarding that he made the comments for he is but another politician for which acquisition and maintaining person power is primary and upper-most with the national wellbeing is held as secondary. So the question must again be asked; Which Leader Will Bring Israel to Take Responsibility Instead of Depending upon the Nations for Her Security?? MB

Netanyahu Accuses Olmert of Aiding Terror, By Gil Hoffman and Elliot Cappell (Jerusalem Post)


Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu accused Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in a speech to Likud activists in Kfar Saba on Sunday of encouraging terror against Israel by offering Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas $100 million.

Netanyahu mocked Olmert’s policy of restraint in the face of Kassam rockets on Sderot, calling it a unilateral cease-fire. He warned that the $100 million would end up in the hands of Hamas.

“If this hall in Kfar Saba was fired upon by Kassam rockets, there would be an outcry,” Netanyahu told a crowd of some 350 activists.

“The day that the government cut funds for rehabilitating poor neighborhoods, they allocated funds for rehabilitating missiles. When they promise the Palestinians more land, they are giving them launching sites for rockets that will be fired on Kfar Saba, Tel Aviv and the center of the country.” Netanyahu spoke under a banner promising a new plan of “emboldening Israel” instead of Olmert’s former realignment plan, but he made no mention of the plan in his speech.

Netanyahu intends to speak in other towns that would be on the border if Olmert withdraws from much of the West Bank. Israel Beiteinu was supposed to take part in the rallies but they have since joined the coalition.

Likud MKs also called upon Shas and Israel Beiteinu to quit the government.

Slamming the decision to give the money to Abbas, MK Limor Livnat said the government had “gone insane” and was rewarding Hamas with $2 million for every Kassam fired.

MK Yuval Steinitz said Abbas was no more a partner today than he was when Olmert declared him not a partner. He accused Olmert of meeting with Abbas in a desperate attempt to obtain an agenda.

Meanwhile, Olmert told a crowd of Kadima activists in Ashkelon on Sunday that Abbas was “not an easy rival but he is a rival that we can talk with to reach an agreement with the Palestinians.” The prime minister said an agreement could not be reached by pushing a button but that Israel must face reality. He expressed confidence that providing a diplomatic horizon would help overcome terror and promote quiet in the region, especially in Sderot, Ashkelon and the area around the Gaza Strip.


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