“I would agree to the release of my daughter’s murderers in exchange for (kidnapped soldier) Gilad Shalit’s freedom,” Knesset Member Yitzhak Levy of the National Union-NRP party said Wednesday.
Levy’s daughter Ayelet Hashachar was killed in a car bomb explosion in Jerusalem in 2000.
Levy with daughter Ayelet Hashachar (Archive photo: Meir Azoulay)
The MK said he had sent Prime Minister Ehud Olmert a letter that read, “There is only one way in which the release of Palestinian prisoners would be acceptable, and that is to remove them from Israel and the West Bank and deport them to another Arab country.
“I propose that the release of any prisoner be conditioned on his or her leaving the country and the Palestinian territories,” Levy said in the letter.
He added that he would agree to the release of prisoners “with blood on their hands” if it would bring Israel’s captive soldiers back home.
“We can release these prisoners as long as they do not return to Gaza or the West Bank,” the MK said. “It is clear that if they return to these areas they will continue with their terror activity.
“I am not driven by vengeance, and Gilad’s return home is more important than holding any Palestinian prisoner,” Levy said.