As war in Gaza rages, Israel weighs Eichmann-style public trials for October 7 attackers

February 20, 2024

With many abroad sympathetic to the Palestinian cause, whatever lesson Israel hopes to teach may not go as planned. Those accused of terrorism in Israel are normally tried in West Bank military courts or through regular criminal proceedings. Yoav Sapir, who used to be Israel’s chief public defender and now teaches criminal law at Tel Aviv University, disagrees with Rohman. Giving defendants a fair and serious criminal trial that respects due process will not only uphold justice but will be good for Israel, he said. What is clear is that the group’s chief in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, and its military leader Mohammed Deif, are still at large.