Edelstein: Prisoners released this week will commit more acts of terror

10/28/13. Edelstein: Prisoners released this week will commit more acts of terror. LAHAV HARKOV, jpost.com

“Prisoners released this week will commit more acts of terror, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein warned Monday.

“We stood for the principle of negotiations without preconditions before this process began, but this morning the names of arch-terrorists with blood on their hands were already publicized,” Edelstein wrote on Facebook.

The Knesset Speaker said the terrorists being released killed “the best of our sons and citizens” – soldiers, teachers, and even a Holocaust survivor.

“The Palestinians’ ‘gesture’ to us came soon enough, and this morning rockets were shot at the south. That’s why we say ‘there is nothing new under the sun,'” he added.

According to Edelstein, “unfortunately, past experience showed us that the day on which we will see headlines stating that one of the released prisoners was involved in a terror attack is not far.”

“The equation freeing prisoners equals talks or freezing settlement construction equals talks is wrong and the government has to stop this,” Knesset Interior Committee chairwoman Miri Regev (Likud Beytenu) said Monday.

Regev spoke in a Knesset Interior Committee meeting on how the prisoners to be released are chosen.

However, an Interior Ministry representative in the meeting said he didn’t know how the terrorists were selected or who made the list.

Almagor Terror Victims’ Organization chairman Meir Indor complained that only seven of the 16 families of victims of the terrorists being released were notified before the list of prisoners was sent to the press.

“This is an injustice on top of the even bigger injustice of releasing prisoners,” Indor said.

Knesset Interior Committee chairman Miri Regev (Likud Beytenu) told the Justice Ministry representative that the process of notifying the families should have begun earlier, not on the night the names were being released to the press.

MK David Tzur (Hatnua) continued his party’s line of blaming the Bayit Yehudi for prisoner releases, saying that the government had a choice of gestures it could have made at the beginning of talks – negotiating on the basis of 1949 armistice lines, freezing settlement construction, or freeing terrorists – and that the worst was chosen because of pressure from the right-wing party.

“Bayit Yehudi ministers are responsible for the prisoner release because they prevented any other option, in order to avoid a political backlash,” MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) said.

Indor asked Tsur if he thought that, even if one of the other options was chosen as an opening gesture, Palestinian prisoners would be released once an agreement was reached, and Tsur said yes.

“So this is just a scheduling matter?” Indor asked incredulously. “Human lives are not a down payment!”

“In any other place in the world, if someone murdered a Jew and the government wanted to release him, we would shout that it’s an injustice,” MK Shuli Muallem (Bayit Yehudi) added.

Regev said “no normal country in the world frees murderers” at the end of the meeting, and Zandberg accused her and other “second-tier Likud MKs” of letting out their frustrations at the government even though it is led by their party.”

10/28/13. ‘The Torah Standpoint is Clear – No Releasing Terrorists’. Tova Dvorin, israelnationalnews.com

“Former IDF Chief Rabbi, res. Brigadier General Rabbi Avihai Ronsky, has made a public statement on his Facebook page decrying the government decision to release terrorist murders to the Palestinian Authority, claiming that those responsible have “blood on their hands.”

Rabbi Ronsky stated, “during my tenure as Chief Rabbi of the IDF, I was invited to testify before the Shamgar Commission about the Torah standpoint regarding terrorist release in general, and the release of murderers in particular, as part of a prisoner exchange and diplomatic negotiations.”

The Shamgar Commission was the official, State-run Commission of Inquiry which investigated the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Ronsky holds that a Torah warning against the move appear in a verse, “Do not take ransom for a murderer, who is wicked [and destined] to die, and let the dead, die” (Numbers 35:16). He continues that “what the Torah is saying is simple: there is no pardon for a murderer deliberately taking a human life [. . .] much less so the release of murderers of [the Jewish] people, whose sole purpose is to create fear and terror and to prevent us from living in the Land [of Israel].”

Ronsky notes that “according to my understanding — and I even heard this from the Committee member and reserve General Amos Yaron — the consensus is not to release or exchange terrorists for our own purposes, unless conditions are such that it would prevent further conflict. Unfortunately, the Committee’s conclusions were not taken into account by the Defense Ministry, and have effectively been shelved.”

Ronsky also points out that the original members of the Shamgar Committee “are not known right-wingers, and their conclusions are derived from the simple, logical, and professional [analysis] of this issue.” He also emphasizes that the notion of releasing terrorists immediately, only as a pre-emptive measure for negotiations, are “a fatal blow to our national dignity, which is a vital source of our national strength,” weakening the power to intimidate potential terrorists “who cannot claim to know how long their ‘life sentence’ will be”, cheapens the legal system, and “severely injures bereaved families” of terrorist victims.

Ronsky went on to encourage participation in protests against the measure, saying it is a threat to national dignity and security. “

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