Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has agreed to release 104 convicted Palestinian criminals to meet the Palestinians' pre-conditions for resuming peace talks, stating "This is an incredibly difficult decision. It hurts the bereaved families, it hurts all of the Israeli people and it hurts me very much. It clashes with the most important principle, the principle of justice." He added that "sometimes prime ministers are forced to make decisions that go against public opinion - when the issue is important for the country."
The talks are expected to begin Tuesday.
From Israel Hayom
The vast majority of Israeli Jews are against the release of Palestinian terrorists "with blood on their hands" as a means of restarting peace talks with the Palestinians, a poll commissioned by Israel Hayom has found.
Almost 85 percent of Israeli Jews are against the release of terrorists who have committed deadly attacks as a means of facilitating the upcoming peace talks, the poll shows (9.4% said they would support such a move and 5.7% had no opinion). A smaller proportion (78.1%) said such Palestinian terrorists should not be released even after the talks resumed and even if such a move was contingent on progress in the peace process (13.7% support this, with 8.2% having no opinion).
Frimet Roth, who young daughter Malka was killed in a terror attack, writing in Times of Israel , expressed her frustration that convicted murderers, terrorisst- convicts with blood on their hands, are being released, against the will of the people
The pain that Netanyahu has inflicted on our family and on other victim families by freeing our children’s cold-blooded, convicted killers is but one of the repercussions of his actions and hubris.
By returning unrepentant terrorists to their homes, Mr. Netanyahu has also endangered every Israeli and weakened the very foundations of our society.
This unprincipled man – a crass politician down to his every last cell – has usurped the role of judge and court. “The majority of the prisoners [about to walk free] have been sitting in prison for more than 20 years.” he explained to his constituents today.
Do we need to remind Mr. Netanyahu that far wiser and more thoughtful people than he sentenced those prisoners to much longer than 20 years, sometimes life?
The pre-Oslo prisoners that are being released are not "political prisoners". They include:
Ramdan Yacoub - murdered Sarah Sharon with axe; serving life
Musa Kra'an - accomplice to murder of Tzvi Klein; serving 28 years
Asrar Samarin - murdered Tzvi Klein; serving life term
Ataf Sha'at - accomplice to murder of Simcha Levi; serving 29 years
Muhamad Said - murdered Hagai Shalhevet and Naset Sarim; serving 45 years
Mahmad Ahmad - murdered Hagai Shalhevet; serving 30 years
Mahmed Sabbag - tortured and murdered 'collaborators'; serving life
Mahmed Sualha - stabbed to death Baruch Heizler; attempted murder of others; serving life
Dia'a Faluji - beat Amatzia Ben Chaim to death with a hoe; serving life term
Yusef Adel Aai Sayid - attempted murder; tortured 'collaborator'; serving 22 year
Rajib Amer - murdered Ian Feinberg; murdered 'collaborators'; serving 3 life terms
Ahmed Shahada - sodomized and murdered 13 yr old Oren Baharami; serving 47 yrs
Mahmad Asor- murdered Jewish taxi driver David Kaspi; serving 30 years
Gidan Usama - murdered Yosef Ben Gal to steal his car; serving 30 years
Yusef Arsheed - murdered 5 Arab "collaborators"; serving 5 life term
Mustafa Al Haaj - murdered hiker Frederic Rosenfeld; serving life term
Hamida Abed Geni - strangled to death Ben Tsion Nafusi in robbery; serving 30 year
Mazlum Nasser - strangled to death Ben Tsion Nafusi in robbery; serving 30 year
Usama Silawi - tortured and murdered 'collaborators'; serving 4 life terms
Ahmed Abdel Aziz - planned and carried out murder of Moshe and Maili Biton; serving life
(Thanks to our friends at CIF Watch for the inspiration )
UPDATE: via the Jerusalem Post
The ministers voting against included Likud ministers Gilad Erdan and Yisrael Katz, Yisrael Beytenu ministers Yair Shamir and Uzi Landau, and Bayit Yehudi ministers Naftali Bennett, Uri Ariel and Uri Orbach. Likud ministers Silvan Shalom and Limor Livnat abstained.
Those who voted for the proposal were Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Yuval Steinitz, Moshe Ya'alon and Gideon Sa'ar from the Likud, Sofa Landver and Yitzhak Aharonovitch from Yisrael Beytenu, Yesh Atid's Yair Lapid, Yael German, Yaakov Peri, Shai Piron, Meir Cohen, and Hatnua's Tzipi Livni, and Amir Peretz.