"Three and a half months have passed since Ronen was murdered and the house of the terrorist is still standing, and for three and a half months we’ve been getting the same answer," Vladimir Lubarsky wrote in a strongly worded letter.
The Duvdevan soldier was killed last May by Islam Yusuf Hamid, who dropped a marble slab on Lubartsky’s head during an operation near Ramallah. The terrorist was arrested three weeks later and brought to Israel to stand trial.
Two weeks ago, the security officials notified Lubarsky’s parents that the Central Command had authorized the tearing down of the terrorist’s house, but the demolition order is yet been executed.
"Three and a half months ago, my dear son fell in combat. Ronen wanted to enlist in the Duvdevan unit in order to save lives, and at the end of the day he sacrificed his own,” wrote Ronen’s father in the letter.
“The terrorist’s house that not only shelters a family of murderers, but is also a place where the attack was planned and the murder was committed. How is this house still standing?” exclaimed Vladimir.
In the letter, the father elaborates on the responses the family has been getting from the military regarding the issue.
"On July 22 we received a response saying that the house had been mapped and a professional engineer’s opinion was being prepared regarding the demolition of the house. A month later, on August 13, we had been told the proceedings are in advanced stages, and on September 7, we became aware that the terrorist’s family appealed the demolition order and Maj. Gen. Padan decided that a few more engineering inspections must be conducted before a final decision on the matter is made," stressed the father.
According to Vladimir, the military has not given them a plausible reason for the delay and in his opinion the prolonged engineering inspections are merely an excuse.
"We’ve been getting the same answer that for three and a half months the IDF has not been able to carry out engineering inspections," he vented.
Vladimir ended the letter by directly addressing Maj. Gen. Padan, emphasizing he has great responsibility on his shoulders.
"Since Ronen’s passing, I promised myself that I would do everything to restore the deterrence that was lost somewhere in the hallways of the courts," wrote Lubarsky.
“I am appealing to you Major General Padan—you have great responsibilities on your shoulders. The eyes of all your subordinates are on you. Your decision regarding the demolishion of the home of the terrorist must show the soldier, whose comrade in arms was murdered, that the state backs them and does not abandon them in life or in death,” he concluded.