Israel is set to release in the coming days 26 terrorists who killed Israeli citizens. Of the 26 terrorists set to be freed, 21 came from Judea and Samaria, and 5 from Gaza. Most committed their terror attacks before Oslo, and served sentences ranging from 19 to 28 years.
A point being repeated by Israeli official sources and is being echoed by all the local news media is that all those prisoners to be released committed their murders against innocents civilians before the Oslo agreement was signed. The idea must be that, had those killers been aware of a peace treaty with the “Jewish apes” they would have refrained from murdering them and possibly limited their aggression to table tennis and long hikes along the green line.
Except that — oops — the first Oslo accords were signed in Washington DC on Sepember 13, 1993, and Israel’s official list of the victims of Palestinian murder includes these two Jewish men:
Issac Rosenberg (67). Murdered March 29, 1994 by 2 terrorists with an ax. Murdered while working in Petach Tikva. Murdered after Oslo. Left behind a wife and son.
Yigal Vaknin (22). Murdered September 24, 1993, in Batzra, near Raanana. Stabbed to death. Murdered after Oslo. Left behind parents and eight brothers and sisters.
(Thanks to Moshe Matitya for the h/t.)
Can it be true? Is it possible that the Netanyahu-Livni peace dealers are lying to the public? We at the Jewish Pres online refuse to believe such an insinuation, and are certain that the murderers of these two blameless Jews were included by mistake. And now, that it’s become clear that their pending release is rooted in an error, the government will make sure to inform the prison authority and take them back to their cells.
Because our government is decent and democratic and would never, ever lie to us!
Another reason we know this must be a mistake, has to do with the rebuke that chief negotiator Tzipi Livni has sent Naftali Bennett’s way, telling him he was cynically attempting to destroy a process that the government has already approved and is on its way. Someone claiming the high moral ground, like Minister Tzipi Livni, could not possibly lie about the dates when the prisoners she’s releasing committed their murders.
Incidentally, Tzipi Livni’s circle continue to argue that any attempt on the part of Jewish Home to object to Tzipi Livni is tantamount to a call for her assassination, and they point out that a few days ago some guy up north spat in Tzipi Livni’s faction member’s face, and that’s how all assassinations usually start. First you spit at the Archduke Ferdinand, then you throw a bomb at his procession.
welcome to Israel, the land where every season is the silly season.
Here is the list of the other Jews who were murdered, and the circumstances of their demise. If you’re angry after reading this list and livid at the release of the murderers it means you’re holding on to a measure of sanity. If you consider letting their 26 killers go the price of making peace, you are quite possibly insane.
David Reuven (59). Murdered April 20, 1991. Beaten to death, while tied up in a mini-market where he worked. Left behind a wife, three children, and grandchildren.
Avi Osher (40). Murdered June 28, 1991. Stabbed to death in Moshav Massuah by Arab workers who worked for him for over 15 years. Left behind a wife and two children.
Meir Ben-Yair (33). Murdered June 27, 1985. Shot in his car, in a forest near Jerusalem.
Michal Cohen (32). Murdered June 27, 1985. Shot in her car, while touring in the forest near Jerusalem. Left behind a husband and two children.
Yosef Shirzi (62). Murdered May 29, 1992. Murdered in Eilat, by four terrorists who swam into Eilat. He was working as a guard when he went to investigate suspicious movement, at which point the terrorists shot him. Left behind a wife and three brothers.
Yosef Eliyahu (35). Murdered July 21, 1985. Was touring in Gilboa for work when three terrorists attacked them. The body was found in a cave a week later. Left behind a wife and five children.
Leah Almakais (19). Murdered July 21, 1985. Was touring in Gilboa for work when three terrorists attacked them and strangled her to death. The body was found in a cave a week later. Left behind a parents, brothers and a sister.
Gania Friedman. February 21, 1992. Murdered while walking down the street in Kfar Saba. Her father and two additional bystanders were also stabbed in the attack.
Moti Biton (32). Murdered October 27, 1992. Murdered in the Jezreel Valley, when he entered an Arab owned supermarket. His wife shot at the terrorists. Left behind a wife and three children.
Revital Seri (22). Murdered October 22, 1984. Tied up and shot by terrorists, while hiking near Jerusalem with her boyfriend Ron Levi. Survived by parents and two sisters.
Ron Levi (23). Murdered October 22, 1984. Tied up and shot by terrorists, while hiking near Jerusalem with his girlfriend Revital Seri. Survived by parents and two sisters.
David Kaspi (33). April 19, 1985. Killed by three Arabs passengers in his taxi, who shot him. Left behind a wife and two daughters.
Shimon Cohen (71). Murdered May 28, 1990. Murdered by a bomb in Machane Left behind a wife, five children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Tzvi Klein (44). Murdered December 3, 1991. Murdered in a drive-by shooting, between Jerusalem and Ofra. Left behind a wife and three children.
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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