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Death For Land: Israel And Palestine Peace Deal Makes More Trouble Ahead

by | 5th, January 2014


ONE man’s hero is another man’s terrorist or murderer. What to make of the news in the New York Times of peace deals between Israel and the Palestinians? The BBC reports:

Israeli authorities have freed a group of 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of a US-brokered agreement to resume direct peace talks. The prisoners were greeted by cheering crowds on their return to the West Bank and Gaza.

Israel approved the releases on Saturday, but they were delayed to allow victims’ families to appeal. The prisoners committed murder or attempted murder before the 1993 Oslo accords and have served 19 to 28 years.

The New York Times notes this:

As part of the negotiating process, Mr. Netanyahu agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails over nine months rather than halt settlement construction. But when Mr. Abbas welcomed the latest group to the West Bank this week, Mr. Netanyahu accused him of embracing terrorists, even though Mr. Abbas never condoned the prisoners’ crimes.


What he said was :

“Today is a day of joy for our people, our families and our prisoner heroes. We promise that this won’t be the last time that prisoners are released.”


Israeli settlers gather during a visit of Israeli politicians at Gitit settlement in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the hero’s welcome:

“While we prepare to take very painful steps in an effort to try and reach an agreement that would end the conflict, they, along with their top leadership, are celebrating.”

The Times of Israel has list of the released prisoners and their crimes:

Abu al Rub Mustafa Mahmoud Faisal and Kamil Awad Ali Ahmad, convicted of murder in the killing of 20-year-old IDF soldier Yoram Cohen in a shootout in the West Bank town of Jenin. Ali Ahmad was also convicted of kidnapping, torturing and murdering 15 Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel. Faisal was convicted of manslaughter in four of those cases.

Is he a hero? He sounds a lot like a murdering lunatic.

Are child killers  Hakim and Amjad Awad heroes ? Rumours abound they are to be released. But Abbas is not out for blood. He called their crimes “despicable and inhuman”.

But what about the victims’ families?

“One of the things we knew when we captured these detainees is that they needed to stay in prison for the maximum period,” Meir Indor of Israeli victims’ association, Almagor, told the Jerusalem Post.  “These men are time-bombs.

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