Pardons dept chief: 82 terrorists to be released to begin peace talks

After Israeli media reported that US Secretary of State Kerry’s plan includes releasing prisoners the Knesset Interior Committee met to confirm all 82 prisoners are serving life sentences & have blood on their hands.

 

 

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s plan to restart peace talks will include the release of 82 terrorists – all of whom have blood on their hands and are serving life sentences – it emerged during a meeting of the Knesset Interior and Environment Committee on Monday.

Palestinians in Ramallah hold prisoners' pictures

Palestinians in Ramallah hold prisoners’ pictures – Photo: REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

The statement was made by attorney Ami Palmor, head of the pardons department of the Justice Ministry.

This is in keeping with rumors and reports in the Israeli press about the conditions of the prisoner release – an expected precursor to the upcoming Israeli-Palestinian negotiations Kerry announced last weekend.

The 82 prisoners in question are all Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza who were sentenced for their crimes before the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.

Likud MK Miri Regev called the meeting following reports about the push for a prisoner release, of which she said, “Murderers must not be used as a tool in negotiations.”

Col. Yuval Biton of the research branch of Prisons Service presented figures to the committee reading that of the 5,120 security prisoners in Israel, 3,533 have been convicted, 1,589 are imprisoned without bail, and 138 are being held under “administrative detention.”

Of those, 2,550 are from Fatah, around 1,500 are from Hamas, and the rest are from Islamic Jihad and other organizations, he added.

Biton said of the prisoners that 4,269 are from the West Bank, with around 400 from the Gaza Strip, 200 from within the Green Line, a similar amount from east Jerusalem and a few dozen from abroad.

There are 550 prisoners serving life sentences, and of these, 349 are identified with Fatah, 114 with Hamas, 60 with Islamic Jihad, and 27 are otherwise affiliated.

The security prisoners who were jailed for life before the Oslo Accords and are not from inside the Green Line include a number of men involved in some of the grisliest acts of terror in Israeli history.

They include two terrorists involved in the Molotov cocktail attack on a bus traveling from Beit She’an to Jerusalem in October 1988, killing Rachel Weiss and three of her children, as well as IDF soldier David Delarosa who died trying to save the family.

Other terrorists include two Gaza men who stabbed to death David Dadi and his friend Chaim Weitzman after breaking into Dadi’s apartment in Ramle. The two men cut off their victims ears as a keepsake of the crime.

 

View original Jerusalem Post publication at: http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Pardons-department-head-82-terrorists-to-be-released-to-restart-talks-320712

One comment

  1. stefany sherman says:

    How can the USA have the audacity to continue to ask Israel to release terrorists and reduce its size to appease countries who are waiting to annihilate it, and still call itself Israel’s friend? That’s like saying the EU is Israel’s friend! WAKE UP BIBI. Israel needs to stop agreeing to give up land that int’l law explicitly says belongs to it, the Arabs have technically violated Oslo, so nothing stands between Israel and the right to annex Yesha except political pressure. What’s worse? Another large scale war when the USA decides it can’t be the world’s policeman anymore after it gets Israel to give up its historical and strategic lands? DON’T DO IT. IT IS A TRAP.

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