A new media campaign launched by bereaved families on Sunday urges Likud
ministers to work toward preventing the release additional Palestinian terrorists
as part of the current round of peace talks.
Titled "Terror makes headway – stop the release of terrorists," the bereaved families call on the ministers to call a special government session to discuss the volatile issue in the wake of the murder
of two Israeli soldiers last week.
"In your previous decision (to release prisoners) you promised you would consider each future release in accordance with the talks' development. Recent events prove that the only headway being made is in terrorist activities," read a letter addressed to Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon,
Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar and ministers Silvan Shalom and Gilad Erdan.
"For the sake of our children, IDF
soldiers and the citizens of the State of Israel, it is your duty to bring this issue up for a renewed discussion before the government. We trust you to stand by our side and halt the release of terrorists."
Sapir Hazut, the daughter of Daniel Hazut who was murdered by terrorists disguised as IDF soldiers while working as a traffic police officer in the Wadi Ara area, said: "If the initial condition for the talks was prisoners' release, what will be its final condition? I'm not crying out just because my father's murderers are expected to be released soon, but rather because of the underlying principle.
"Palestinians need to know that if they want us to release prisoners, they need to beg us for it. If we were certain that in the end there would be peace, I would be willing to compromise and agree to the release, but that is not currently the case. As we have seen they're saying one thing and doing another."
Avi Bromburg, the nephew of Abraham Bromburg,
an IDF soldier who was killed while he was on his way home from an army base in the Golan Heights, claimed Sunday that the government's policy in regards to prisoners has been exposed as a complete failure: "The killers (in the recent incidents) set out to kill after seeing other killers who committed similar murders being released from Israeli prisons and being welcomed home by the PA as heroes."
Shlomo Deutsch, brother of Shaia Deutsch who was murdered by a Palestinian worker in his Gush Katif greenhouse, nonetheless believes that the campaign stands little chance of achieving its goal.
"I doubt it will help. But we decided to join because it's better than sitting at home and doing nothing," he said.
Despite the fact that his brother's killers were already released during the initial release of Palestinian prisoners before the current round of peace talks began, he still wants to send lawmakers a message: "Last week, we saw that Palestinians are not afraid to kill and in one case, the murder stemmed from a desire to release Palestinians jailed in Israel. We call on leaders to wake up before it's too late."
Last month, Palestinian Minister of Prisoner Affairs Issa Qaraqe said
that the next Palestinian prisoners’ release will take place on October 29.
According to Qaraqe, the next group of prisoners will be released regardless of diplomatic progress in the talks, adding that the prisoners will only be released to the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
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