Tag Archive for prisoner release

Israel Knesset disqualifies early parole for convicted terrorists

Security prisoners convicted of murder or accessory to murder who have served 2/3 of their sentences will no longer be eligible for parole under new law passed Tuesday that prevents their early release.

By Ariel Kahana and Gideon Allon


The Knesset on Tuesday enacted a law preventing the early release of security prisoners found guilty of murder or accessory to murder under the 2016 Anti-Terrorism Law.

According to the new law, sponsored by Yisrael Beytenu MK Oded Forer and Likud MK Anat Berko, prisoners convicted of murder or accessory to murder will no longer have the possibility of having their sentences shortened. Continue Reading »

Obama commutes sentences of 330 prisoners, mostly drug offenders, on last day


The commutations by outgoing President Obama, the most done in a single day, brought the total number of sentences reduced to 1,715, more than any other U.S. president in history.
Obama also scurried to releases 4 more terror detainees from Guantanamo Bay, flying 3 to the United Arab Emirates and 1 to Saudi Arabia.

By Ynet & Reuters


President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentences of 330 federal inmates, particularly drug offenders, on Thursday, making his quest to reduce what he viewed as overly harsh punishments one of his final acts in office. He also called German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with whom he has had a warm relationship over their years. Continue Reading »

Arab Report: Qatar began mediating prisoner exchange between Hamas, Israel


Arab-Israeli newspaper reports Hamas made their engagement in negotiations conditional upon the re-release of 60 Palestinians prisoners who were first released as part of the ‘Shalit deal’ but later arrested once again. Israel agreed, but insists they be relocated to Qatar or Gaza, a condition Hamas outright rejected.

By Elior Levy


The Arab-Israeli newspaper Kul al-Arab has reported that Qatar is mediating between Israel and Hamas in a potential prisoner exchange deal that would secure the release of Lieutenant Hadar Goldin and Staff Sergeant Oron Shaul, who were both killed during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014. Continue Reading »

Court suspends detention when Palestinian hunger-striker found with brain-damage

Palestinian prisoner Allan ends his 65 day hunger strike after Israel’s High Court of Justice freed him from administrative detention because of deteriorating medical condition.



Palestinian prisoner Muhammad Allan ended his 65-day hunger strike Wednesday after the High Court of Justice freed him from his administrative detention due to his deteriorating medical condition, his lawyer said.


A handout supporting a Palestinian hunger striker. – Photo: Courtesy

“The story is over, administrative detention is canceled and therefore there is no strike,” Jameel Khatib told Reuters.

The High Court of Justice late Wednesday night made the decision after the revelation Wednesday afternoon that his brain had been damaged. Continue Reading »

6th Israeli Murdered So Far by Imprisoned Terrorists Freed in ‘Shalit Swap’

The latest murder in Israel brings to six the number of Israelis ambushed & brutally murdered by terrorists that were freed from incarceration is a trade for a single soldier in 2011.

By Gil Ronen


Opponents of the 2011 deal that freed captured soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for 1,070 terrorist prisoners are experiencing a sad vindication as more and more Israelis are being murdered by terrorists freed in that deal.

News of the arrest of the terror ring that was responsible for the recent murder of Malachi Rosenfeld includes the information that the cell was directed from Gaza by Ahmed Najar, who was freed in the Shalit deal. Continue Reading »

Hamas demands release of 63 prisoners just to begin discussing return of 2 IDF bodies

Hamas refuses to negotiate return of fallen IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin & Oron Shaul, until Israel releases 63 Arab terrorists freed in Shalit deal that were rearrested for returning to terrorism.

By Dalit Halevy and Tova Dvorin


Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal has introduced strict conditions for any future transaction with Israel regarding the return of the bodies of two soldiers killed in Operation Protective Edge.

Oron Shaul, Hadar Goldin

Oron Shaul & Hadar Goldin – IDF Spokesman

Last October, there was talk in Hamas of a swap of Arab terrorists in exchange for the bodies of Givati Brigade officer Hadar Goldin and Golani Brigade combat soldier Oron Shaul, although the deal never materialized.
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PA Changes Ministry’s Name to Keep $12 mil Aid Each Month for Prisoner’s Pensions

Scheme to maintain flow of US & EU foreign aid confirmed after PA spokesman praises maneuver to ‘provide political & legal cover’ to continue paying incarcerated murders, released terrorists and their families.

By Tova Dvorin and Ari Yashar


Palestinian Authority (PA) officials have successfully pulled off a scheme designed to dupe the US into continuing to give aid to the Hamas-Fatah Unity government – all because of a simple name change.

According to one report earlier this month, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) – the terror group behind the PA and Fatah – changed the name of a PA Ministry office from “Ministry of Prisoner Affairs” to “Authority of Prisoner Affairs” in an attempt to deflect criticism over the 12 million dollar per month salary to terrorist prisoners and their families. Continue Reading »

‘My Husband’s Murder Happened From Lack of Death Sentence’

The Palestinian terrorist was serving a life sentence for murder, but was freed in the Shalit deal. Had he been executed, he could not have been freed, and then could not have murdered again.

By Ido Ben Porat, Gil Ronen


Hadas Mizrahi, the widow of Col. Baruch Mizrahi, who was murdered in a terrorist ambush on Passover eve, intends to fight to have his murderer sentenced to death. The murderer was serving a sentence in an Israeli jail but was freed in 2011 as part of the Shalit deal. If he had been executed, she said, he could not have been freed and could not have murdered her husband. Continue Reading »

Passover Eve murder of Baruch Mizrahi told son “Whoever kills a Jew goes to heaven.”


Cleared for publication: Police Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi was killed by Ziad Awad, who confided to his son that the reason for the attack was religious, saying “according to the Islam, whoever kills a Jew goes to heaven.”

By Yoav Zitun


The killer of Baruch Mizrahi, the senior Israeli police officer killed in a Passover eve terror attack near Hebron, was a Palestinian released in the prisoner exchange deal which saw Gilad Shalit freed in 2011 in return for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, it was cleared for publication Monday.

Awad's arrest last month

Awad’s arrest last month – IDF Helmet Camera Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

An indictment was filed Monday against Ziad Awad, a resident of the village of Idna near Hebron, for murder and attempted murder. Continue Reading »

Lieberman reassess, party now opposes release of imprisoned terrorists

Yisrael Beiteinu head Avigdor Lieberman, says its cabinet members will be directed to reject any future proposal to free convicted & incarcerated Palestinian terrorists.



Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday he will use party discipline to prevent cabinet ministers from Yisrael Beiteinu from approving any future deals to release Palestinian security prisoners. Yisrael Beiteinu cabinet members voted in support of the Gilad Shalit deal, as well as last year’s goodwill gesture to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the release of prisoners in four stages. Three of the four stages were carried out.

Avigdor Lieberman.

Avigdor Lieberman. – Photo: Olivier Fitoussi

Speaking to Army Radio on Sunday morning, Lieberman said there will be no more terrorist releases, neither as a gesture or for any other reason.

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Making History: ‘Life Without Parole Bill’ Approved for Vote, Next Stop, the Knesset

Israel’s Economics Minister Naftali Bennett posts a victory comment on his Facebook page shortly after bill passed committee vote, praises ‘end to ‘murder deal’ only in Israel.’

By Tova Dvorin


The “Life Without Parole” bill has passed in a Security Committee vote, Economics Minister Naftali Bennett revealed in a Facebook post Sunday afternoon, providing a significant stumbling block for future terrorist releases.

“This moment, the government approved the law against releasing terrorists,” Bennett wrote. “Today, we end the ‘murder deal’ – a deal which exists only in Israel. Under the new law, [terrorists convicted of] serious acts of murder could see the judge give them a life sentence without the possibility of parole.” Continue Reading »

Finance Minister: Settlement freeze preferable to release of imprisoned murderers

Israel’s Finance Minister Lapid calls for ending the Chief Rabbinate’s monopoly over Jewish marriage & conversion, and for an end to all forms of religious coercion.


TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said he supports freezing settlement growth to help jump-start peace negotiations and vowed that his centrist Yesh Atid party would leave Israel’s governing coalition if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were responsible for the collapse of the peace process.

Yair Lapid (Elad Gutman)

Yair Lapid says he would leave the coalition if the Israeli government did not “exhaust all options” in its peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

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Israel’s PM Netanyahu: No more released terrorists without quid pro quo


Though Jerusalem refused to execute release of 4th round of imprisoned Palestinian terrorists, PA official claim no immediate action will be taken against Israel.

By Roi Kais, Attila Somfalvi


In a meeting with Likud ministers Sunday morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exclaimed that no more Palestinian prisoners will be released if no clear exchange will be guaranteed.

Previous round of Palestinian prisoners' release (Photo: Hassan Shaalan)

Previous round of Palestinian prisoners’ release – Photo: Hassan Shaalan

“It could be a matter of days. Either it resolves or implodes. Either way, there will be no deal without the exchange that the State of Israel receives will be clear,” the prime minister said. Continue Reading »

PA Waiting to See U.S. Reaction to Postponement of 4th Terrorist Release

Palestinian Arab sources say Abbas’ Palestinian Authority is waiting for the US to formally respond to Israel’s decision not to release imprisoned terrorists, before taking action.

By Tova Dvorin


The Palestinian Authority (PA) is biding its time to act after Israel refused to release the fourth batch of terrorists Friday, a source told A-Sharaq Al-Awsat Sunday, and is waiting for US government officials to react before taking unilateral steps on the issue in violation of previous agreements.

“The [PA] leadership does not want to cause conflict immediately by taking responsibility for the destruction of the peace process,” the sources stated. Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Reports to PA: Israel Cancels Last Terror Release

Senior Palestinian official reveals that Jerusalem has informed the PA  that it will not release last batch of convicted murderers on Saturday.

By Ari Yashar


A senior Palestinian Authority (PA) official announced Friday that Israel has told the PA it will not go through on the fourth and final batch of terrorist releases, which was set for Saturday night.

“The Israeli government has informed us through the American mediator that it will not abide with its commitment to release the fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 29,” PA official Jibril Rajoub told AFP.

“Israel has refused to commit to the names that were agreed upon of prisoners held by Israel since before the 1993 Oslo agreements,” added Rajoub, calling the move a “slap in the face of the US administration and its efforts.” Continue Reading »