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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hypocrisy: US asks Israel not to release murderers of Americans, only murderers of Israelis

MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) told a Knesset Interior committee hearing considering terrorist releases on Wednesday that the United States asked that Israel not release any terrorists who have the blood of American citizens on their hands. But releasing terrorists with Israeli blood on their hands is not only okay with Obama-Kerry - it's encouraged and even forced.
"A crazy situation is taking place in which terrorists enter prison with the understanding that it is only a matter of  time until American pressure will lead to their release," MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud Beytenu) said.
According to Feiglin, the US asked that Israel not release anyone who killed American citizens. The Likud Beytenu MK called for the government to reject the request.
As a potential 'beneficiary' of such a policy, I must ask: Is American Jewish blood redder than Israeli Jewish blood?

Substantively, the three members of the committee who remained in the room after an argument between committee chair Miri Regev (Likud) and MK Bassel Ghattas (Balad) voted to call on Prime Minister Netanyahu not to go through with the release of 'Israeli Arabs' - or at least to release 'Jewish terrorists' if the 'Israeli Arabs' are released.
The three MKs that remained in the room – Regev, Feiglin and MK David Tsur (Hatnua) – voted that they call on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu not to release Jewish or Arab security prisoners, but if Israeli Arabs are freed, then Jews should be, as well.
"We freed terrorists three times and didn't move forward in negotiations. There is still terror from Gaza and Abbas does not recognize the State of Israel as the Jewish State. We need to stop negotiations," the committee chairwoman said.
Regev also said Netanyahu should not connect the release of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard to the release of Palestinian terrorists.
"We should teach the Americans what national honor means. They don't release one spy and we don't need to release murderers," Regev posited. "The comparison between freeing Pollard and freeing terrorists is not constructive. Pollard should have been released long ago."
The committee meeting was originally called to discuss criteria for choosing which prisoners are released, but the Prime Minister's Office refused to give information on the process and Prison Services had yet to receive a list of who is set to be freed this weekend, but said it would include Israeli Arabs.
Regev criticized the PMO for "disrespecting the committee and the Knesset" and said she plans to propose a bill that will not allow the government to release security prisoners without authorization from the Knesset.
I believe that there is supposed to be a separate authorization required for the release of 'Israeli Arabs' anyway. If yes, then the Knesset will have a chance to say its piece. 

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