I posted earlier about the stupidity of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, but there was another act of political folly by Israeli politicians this week that deserves a mention, namely the decision to resume demolitions of terrorists' houses. There are many actions that the Israeli government could and should take to both deter and punish terrorists and their families. Caroline Glick proposes a number here in a superb article. To her ideas I would add the simple one of arresting and charging every immediate family member for complicity in terrorism, since they all mus have known of the intent and/or contributed to the indoctrination.
There are multiple reasons why demolishing the terrorists' houses not only provides an incentive to other terrorists but is also costly in many ways to Israel. And, there is not a single benefit to Israel from such demolitions. Not even a fleeting satisfactory feeling of revenge, because we know that the terrorists' family will actually be massively rewarded with a far nicer and bigger house, and lifetime financial rewards beyond their wildest dreams. They do not even lose any of their possessions (they are given weeks of warning). Basically the 'punishment' is equivalent to winning the lottery for them.