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In October, 2011, Emi Palmor (in the dress), head of pardons at the Israeli Justice Ministry, arrived at President Shimon Peres' residence with boxes full of files of Palestinian prisoners to be released in the Gilad Shalit deal. Now it appears that Emi and Shimon have worked out a quick release plan, this time without any deal whatsoever.

During the coming months, the Israeli Prison Service is expected to decide on the release of 6 Israeli-Arabs who committed murderous terror attacks. The first review is expected as early as September 17, according to a report in Makor Rishon.

Following the Shalit deal, in which 1,027 terrorists were released in exchange for an Israeli IDF soldier held hostage by Hamas, Israeli President Shimon Peres shortened the prison terms of at least 6 Israeli-Arabs, in jail for terror attacks. Two of the terrorists, Mahar Yunis and Karim Yunis, killed IDF soldier Avraham Greenberg in the 1980s. Four others, Ibrahim Biadsa, Valid Daka, Rushdi Abu-Moch and Ibrahim Abu-Moch killed IDF soldier Moshe Tamam, also in the ’80s.

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In addition, in February 2014, another terrorist, Halaf Gumah Ahmad, who killed Israeli citizen Hanan Gur, is expected to be released.

These and other pre-Oslo terrorists were on the list that PA President Abu Mazin demanded be released following the Shalit deal.

These six terrorists were originally given death sentences, which were commuted to life in prison.

But a year and a half ago, Peres and the Pardons Department in the Ministry of Justice decided to commute their life sentences to 35 and 40 years – putting them on the fast track to being released.

Relatives of the murdered men met with attorney Emi Palmor, Director of the Dept. of Pardons in the Ministry of Justice, but she couldn’t provide satisfactory answers to the families as to why the men were being released. Israel’s internal security service, the Shabak, has also recommended that these particular prisoners not be released, and the presidential gesture is also being contested by the Netanyahu government, which was bypassed in the decision.

Two taboos were broken when the decision was made to start releasing these particular terrorists. The first one was releasing Israeli-Arabs in order to appease the Palestinian Authority, and the second was releasing terrorists who murdered IDF soldiers.

Some government officials are claiming that the decision to release these terrorists is purely professional. For 25 years they were denied pardons, while other murderers have been released after shorter stints behind bars.

There is still a chance that these six terrorists won’t be released, as they don’t meet the typical release criteria, one of which is expressing regret for their actions, something most of these terrorists haven’t done.

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33 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t get Israeli politics. I thought the President had no power, but he’s going over Bibi’s head and Bibi can do nothing? Why release more prisoners when we’ve already committed to over 100? How do we retire Peres?

  2. It would be a criminal act releasing these filthy animals and it would be an insult to the memories of these brave Jewish soldiers who gave their lives defending Israel. Mr. Peres please take some time for further introspection on this matter.

  3. It's obvious Peres is passed his sell by date. He and Beilin were the architects of that disastrous Oslo accords Carter in the White House witnessing the handshake between Rabin and Arafat has been the source of much speculation as to Rabin's unhappiness with the deal. Peres' history and recent utterances demand that he stops being a source of embarrassment and is retired from the Presidency. This may require a change in the Constitution or Law, but it's time to place Pardons under the control of the Knesset.

  4. Peres needs to have his wings clipped. Instead of being the figure head for the Jewish State, he interferes in areas outside his domain. The problem is his over inflated ego and his feelings of importance. PUBLIC OUTCRY AGAINST HIS MEDDLING IS WARRANTED TO BRING HIM DOWN TO HIS PROPER LEVEL.

  5. Esteban Sperber Frankel Bibi does not belong on this list (yet?) and I hope never will. We don't know what pressures have been put on him and we have no evidence that he'll sell out. There's a major problem that Obama's only hope of saving the reputation of his Presidency which is one of the most disastrous in US history, would be a Peace deal between the Palestinians and Israel. Bibi is probably the only one experienced and clever enough to deal with such a situation. Pray for G-d to give Bibi strength.

  6. The Israelis act more and more insane with each passing day. Now they are releasing Palestinians with real blood on their hands. Why don't the Israelis just empty out the entire jail system and then cede all of the land to the Palestinians. Just leave the holy land to people who want to live there. The Israelis have told the world that they all want to leave. If that is the case, then just go.

  7. Peres has lost it long, long, loooooooooog time ago. His nobel prize shared with a terrorist, killer of jewish babies, make his ugly head swollen with ego. He did all he can and succeeded in ousting his predecessor Katsav to put ahead his agenda to disrupt and destroy Jewish lives in Israel.

  8. Peres is not content with the 1,000+ Jewish dead he sacrificed on false alter of "Oslo." No, it is now about his massive ego and need to ignor the reality of his failed policies. He will continue to sacrifice Jews to his hoped-for legacy as a visionary peacemaker. He should be dismissed from all official duties and forced to walk in shame into the history books.

  9. Peres is the cause of many of the problems that Israel faces today. BUT…Peres did not do it by himself. Netanyahu-Livni coordinated with him from the word go…You do not honestly believe that such decisions are unknown to the Shabak and Mosad way before they reach signature stage, do you? Israeli unJewish DREK is at the root of it all. But…The population is just as idiotic as ever and will not do a thing anyway…. JUST like in the USA only that Israel has much much less room to err.

  10. I have come to the conclusion that Israel is not worth my time or attention. Up til now, I spent a lot of time and effort doing what I can to support and defend Israel. But, when a nation consistently does things that are too stupid and injurious, I don't think it's worth bothering. Yet again, we see this stupidity surface again. Israel is so concerned about appeasing their enemies and trying to gain acceptance from those not worthy that they will continue to release and commute sentences to people who have made it their life's work to destroy Israel in anyway they can. But, there is no need for them to bother, Israel does it for them. Maybe, when those in positions of power in Israel take a different approach, and start acting responsibly, I will consider giving it my attention. Until then, it's a waste of my time.

  11. Under previous Israeli administrations when the government had balls, terrorists were killed immediately since one bullet is cheaper than housing them in hotel Israel, just to be released and go through the expense of re-capturing them. Even Golda has the intelligence for it. Seems the men of today do not have the balls or intelligence to do what is economically correct.

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