Jewish terrorist strikes plea bargain
An alleged Jewish terrorist who was found unfit to stand trial two years ago has struck a plea bargain with a Jerusalem court.
Jack Teitel, 39 and the father of four young children, was charged with two counts of murder, five counts of attempted murder, incitement and weapons violations and one count of arson.
Teitel was arrested Oct. 7, 2009, in a joint police-Shin Bet operation.
The Jerusalem District Court determined Monday that Teitel killed two Palestinians and attempted to murder five Jews and Arabs. He also allegedly assembled a package bomb that seriously injured the son of a messianic Jew and allegedly set up a pipe bomb near the home of prominent liberal professor Ze’ev Sternhell.
Teitel admitted to the charges, but refused to appear before the court, whose authority he does not recognize, according to The Jerusalem Post.
The court will reconvene next month to determine whether Teitel was criminally responsible for his actions when he committed the offenses, the Post reported.
A Florida native, Teitel made aliyah in 2000 and was a resident of the Shvut Rachel outpost in the northern West Bank.