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Gov’t Hoodwinking Okays Previously Announced ‘New Homes’ in Yesha

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

The Netanyahu made good its promise to announce new homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria after the latest release of Palestinian Authority terrorists, but in fact, the “new homes” already have been announced.

The 272 new homes announced on Tuesday are to be built in Ofra, north of Jerusalem, and Karnei Shomron, approximately 10 miles east Kalkilya and Kfar Saba, which is located on the northern end of metropolitan Tel Aviv.

However, the French AFP news agency quoted a defense ministry official as saying, “ Sunday’s publication is only the second of four necessary steps before building work can begin,” the official said on condition of anonymity, adding that obtaining the necessary permits will take ‘months.’”

The headline news of new homes for settlers soothed the feathers of the few nationalists who still believe Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu really won’t agree to deport tens of thousands of Jews from their homes in order to allow them to be taken over by the Palestinian Authority in a final status agreement.

The announcement also brought out the usual anger from Peace Now, which called Ofra and Karnei Shomron “isolated settlements in the heart of the West Bank.”

US Says Freeing Prisoners a Security Risk – in Afghanistan

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

The United States, which muscled Israel into freeing dozens of terrorists who murdered Jews, thinks that releasing prisoners is a security risk if they are in an Afghan jail.

“The Afghan Review Board has exceeded its mandate and ordered the release of a number of dangerous individuals who are legitimate threats and for whom there is strong evidence supporting prosecution or further investigation,” said Colonel Dave Lapan, a spokesman for American forces in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan plans to release 88 prisoners from the Bagram jail, whose control recently was transferred from the United States to Afghan officials.

American officials said that 35 of the prisoners were directly responsible for killing or wounding Afghan civilians and soldiers, and that at least 25 of them were involved in attacks on American and coalition troops.

In Israel, hundreds of prisoners, freed before their terms for murder expired and many of them sentenced to multiple life terms in prison, have returned to terror after their being released and have killed more than 120 Israeli soldiers and civilians.

The American government does not consider freeing them to be a security risk because keeping them in jail would mean that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry cannot keep busy muscling Israel and the Palestinian Authority into agreeing to sign a piece of paper for President Barack Obama, without which there would be a severe security risk for the power of the U.S. State Dept.

Netanyahu Complains after Opening the Door to Free Terrorists

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu led the move to free murderers of Jews to continue “peace talks” and then criticized the Palestinian Authority for celebrating the return of terrorists early Tuesday morning. He also said  after freeing the murderers, by itself a threat to further terror, that there will not be peace unless Israel defends itself from threats.

The logic is out of whack, but here it is, for what it is worth.

“The essence of the difference between us and our neighbors may be seen in one picture. While we are prepared to take very painful steps in an effort to try and reach an agreement that would put an end to the conflict, they, along with their highest leadership, are celebrating,” the Prime Minister told the Seventh Galilee Conference in Tiberias, which borders the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).

“Murderers are not heroes,” he continued. “This is not how one educates for peace. Peace can exist only when the education toward incitement and the destruction of Israel stops. There will be peace only if our security interests and our communities are assured. Peace will be established only when we can defend ourselves by ourselves against any threat.”

The celebrations of the Palestinian Authority, in Ramallah and in Gaza, were no surprise and were a replay of festivities after the first batch of terrorists that Netanyahu freed in July and the second batch two months ago.

Court Overrules Sane Judge, Okays Freeing Terrorists

Monday, December 30th, 2013

The Supreme Court ruled in rare 2-1 split  decision Monday evening that the government can free 26 more terrorists, including five from Jerusalem.

The minority ruling implied that the Cabinet acted hastily and did not fulfill its promise last July not to release terrorists with Israel citizenship without thoroughly examining the issue.

In virtually every previous appeal challenging the release of murders, the court has ruled unanimously, Justice Eliyakim Rubinstein, in a dissenting opinion, said  that the government should have provided more information to show that it understands the ramifications of releasing terrorists living in Jerusalem and holding Israeli citizenship.

Supreme Court President Asher Grunis and Justice Tzvi Zilberthal said they did not see any reason to make a distinction between terrorists who do not have Israeli citizenship and those who do.

The court handed down its ruling as approximately 200 protesters marched in a drizzle to the Old City home of one of the terrorists. Only 15 of the demonstrators were permitted to protest outside his home due to fears of violence. The court earlier in the day overruled a decision by authorities to ban the protest.

In his dissenting opinion on the appeal by the Almagor Terror Victims association, Justice Rubinstein wrote, “There is a question if the government of Israel and the Cabinet ministers weighed their opinion on the subject and the ramifications beyond considering only the information that is noted in the list [of terrorists].”

He added that the government should hold further discussions on the subject of “freeing Eastern Jerusalem residents” before the court could decide whether to release them.

Justice Rubinstein noted that the court questioned the government several times on the issue but did not receive answers concerning whether the government held discussions specifically freeing Arabs from eastern Jerusalem, despite Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s statements that the issue would be addressed.

“Residents in eastern Jerusalem have the rights of Israelis,” such as receiving welfare and health insurance benefits,” Rubinstein added.

Approximately three hours after the decision, eight terrorists already were on their way to their homes in Gaza and eastern Jerusalem. Eighteen others were to leave the Ofer prison, near Jerusalem, after midnight.

Israel agreed last July to free 104 terrorists in four batches in return for the resumption of  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s so-called “peace talks” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The last batch of 32 terrorists is to be freed towards the end of the nine-month period Kerry set for the discussions.

Protesters Marching to Home of Terrorist to Be Freed

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Protesters are marching in the rain in Jerusalem Monday evening and will arrive at the Jerusalem home of one of 16 terrorists to be freed by Israel.

The demonstration is being called the “Umbrella Protest” because of the rain that began falling in Jerusalem Monday afternoon.

Authorities had refused to grant a permit for the demonstration, citing concerns for security, but the Supreme Court overruled them, concluding that fears of clashes with Arabs were not based on enough evidence to bar the demonstrators from the freedom to march. However, the judges said that only 15 families could demonstrate outside the Old City home of the terrorist, Ahmed Khalaf.

One question: The Supreme Court always rules against appeals to stop the government from releasing terrorists, arguing that it does not interfere in matters of security.

So why could it overrule ”concerns of security” and allow the protesters to march but not interfere in the “security” consideration to free terrorists, which actually endangers the peace and safety of Israelis?

 

Gilad Shalit Calling for Jonathan Pollard’s Release

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit wrote in an open letter that all Israelis should demand that the United States free jailed spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard.

Israeli officials have said that the revelation over the weekend that the United States spied on at least two sitting Israeli prime ministers opens the door for Israel to demand the release of Pollard, who has served 29 years of a life sentence in a U.S. prison.

“After Israel has released terrorists with blood on their hands as a gesture to the Palestinians, a return gesture is all that is being requested,” Shalit said in his open letter. “I believe, and I think that like myself all of the People of Israel believe that the Prime Minister’s request for such a simple gesture, the release of Jonathan Pollard, is owed to us by right, and is not a favor,” he wrote.

“Please, everyone, join me, in a clear demand to our friends, the Americans: we have already freed scores of murderous terrorists with blood on their hands at your request – now it is your turn to make a gesture to us! It may even save Pollard’s life,” he wrote.

Shalit appeared to be reacting to reports, including one by Israel’s Channel 2, that Israel is linking a Pollard release to the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and will ask that Pollard’s release be linked to Israel’s release of Palestinian prisoners. The third group of prisoners is scheduled to take place at the end of the week. Channel 10 quoted White House officials as saying that freeing Pollard is not on up for discussion

Murderers Released for Peace Talks Have ‘No Regrets” for Killing

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

A Palestinian Authority terrorists who was serving a life sentence for murder, until Israel freed him for the privilege of resuming “peace talks,” has said he and other released prisoners have no regrets for killing because they acted “for the homeland.”

These reassuring words were stated on Palestinian Authority television by Asrar Samrin, who was sentenced for the murder of Israeli Tzvi Klein in December 1991. The Palestinian Media Watch translated and published Samrin’s love to murder Jews.

Under direct pressure by the Obama administration, Israel recently released 52 of 104 imprisoned terrorists to accommodate the Palestinian Authority’s precondition to return to talks that had been frozen for three years.

The murderer explained that “the first question all Israeli media ask every released prisoner is: ‘Do you regret what you did or not?’”

His answer was: “Through the great PA TV, I say to the Israelis: There is no Palestinian who did something for the homeland and his nation who will regret it. We don’t regret what we did and we will not regret what we did.”

Remember those words the next time a freed Palestinian Authority terrorists tried to kill a Jew again. For the record, more than 120 Israelis have been murdered by PA terrorists who have been released in one deal or another before their prison terms were finished. In hundreds of cases, they were serving multiple life terms for murder or planning suicide bombings that resulted in massacres of Israelis and visiting Americans.

In another PA TV interview earlier this year, a prisoner who was released after having served 10 years explained how prisoners spend their time. In a striking statement that contradicts the Palestinian Authority libel about cruel conditions in Israeli jails, the prisoner explained that the “worst thing about Israeli prison” is when prisoners are transported on the prison bus and have to sit for a long time on a metal chair.

“The worst thing about Israeli prison is the torturous ride… when a man is driven to court or to the hospital or on any ride outside the prison… We prisoners call this ‘ride of torment’… This is beyond imagination… It it’s hard to convey the suffering. The prisoners sit on a metal chair, made entirely of metal, there’s nothing but metal inside it.”

He then described a typical prisoners’ day, during which prisoners spend their time “chatting, talking, eating, drinking, joking and playing.

“In the morning we’d exercise from 7:00 until 8:00… Then the guys would get together in the prison yard and we’d chat, talk, eat, drink, joke and play, etc., throughout the day… Noon roll-call is from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Roll-call time is time for resting in the rooms… Nap time, reading time, study time… At 1:30 or 12:30 p.m. they’d take us out to the yard again. We’d spend [time] with the guys walking, laughing, playing, joking, etc., until dark.”

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