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Iran Releases Jason Rezaian +4 in Prisoner Exchange with Major Concessions

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Jason Rezaian, Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmat and Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, four dual US-Iranian citizens were released from an Iranian jail on Saturday by Iran in an apparent prisoner exchange with the United States.

Jason Rezaian is an Iranian-American journalist who served as Tehran bureau chief for The Washington Post. He was convicted of espionage in a closed-door trial in Iran in 2015.

The four were transported to Switzerland, and will then continue on to to a US base in Germany.

A fifth American citizen, Matthew Trevithick, was released in a separate deal.

Former FBI agent Robert “Bob” Levinson was not released.

In exchange, the US will offer clemency to 7 Iranian prisoners, 6 of them who hold dual US-Iranian citizenship: Nader Modanlou, Bahram Mechanic, Khosrow Afqahi, Arash Ghahreman, Touraj Faridi, Nima Golestaneh and Ali Sabounchi.

The Obama administration also delayed a  series of sanctions that were supposed to be imposed on Iran, after Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warned U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the sanctions would derail the prisoner exchange, according to an Haaretz report.

FARS reports that part of the deal includes US dropping its charges against 14 Iranians for trying to transfer arms to Iran:  Saeed Jamili, Jalal Salami, Matin Sadeqi, Alireza Moazzemi Goudarzi, Mohammad Abbas Mohammadi, Kourosh Taherkhani, Sajjad Farhadi, Seyed Ahmad Abtahi, Gholamreza Mahmoudi, Hamid Arabnejad, Ali Moattar, Mohammad Ali She’rbaf, Amin Ravan and Behrouz Dolatzadeh.

Dropping the charges, will apparently allow them to travel freely outside of Iran without fear of arrest via Interpol or setting off warning flags, according to a Politico report.

FARS originally also reported that the US will also demand Interpol end its investigations of Iranian involvement in the bombing of the Jewish Center in Argentina, but that has subsequently been removed from their website.

Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson, still missing in Iran

 

Related story: As Its $100 Billion Are Released Iran Buying 114 Airbus Planes

 

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israeli Bedouin Freed From Egyptian Prison

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Israeli Bedouin Ouda Tarabin has been freed from an Egyptian prison after 15 years’ incarceration on suspicion of spying for the Jewish State.

He returned to Israel early Thursday morning, just as two Egyptian prisoners completed their prison terms in Israel and were released to return to Egypt.

Tarabin was arrested by Egyptian authorities while crossing the border to visit his family in the Sinai Peninsula. He was tried and sentenced in absentia in 2000 on charges of aiding others in gathering intelligence.

Hana Levi Julian

Lebanon-al Nusra Prisoner Exchange Has Begun

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

A prisoner exchange between Lebanon and the Jabath Al-Nusra Syrian rebels has finally begun after numerous false starts this past week.

The Red Cross also received the body of one of the Lebanese soldiers killed last year.

The Syrian rebel prisoners are on their way back to Syria.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Arrests of ‘Shalit Deal Terrorists’ May Bury Future Deals

Monday, July 20th, 2015

The era of Israel’s freeing terrorists for the return of Israelis, dead or alive, may be over.

Israeli media, which previously have beaten the drum for deals that reached the point of a “1,000 to 1,” meaning giving up 1,000 terrorists and security prisoners for the return of one person, namely Shalit.

The left-leaning establishment media campaigned day after day and even tried promoted tossing in the deal Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life terms for involvement in the murders and crippling injuries of hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombings and other attacks.

Freeing Barghouti, who continuously polls as the most popular leader in the Palestinian Authority, would have paved the way for him to replace PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

The same newspapers that championed the Shalit deal now are headlining that it cost the lives of six Israelis since 2014. The last victim was Malachi Rosenfeld. One of those arrested for his murder is Hamas terrorist Ahmad Najjar, who allegedly funded and organized the killing and who previously was jailed for involvement in the murders of three Israelis.

Ten years after the same media, who now admit that maybe they were wrong to violate every rule of journalism in order to pressure the Knesset to vote to withdraw every last soldier and expel every last Jew from Gaza in the euphemistically-called Disengagement Plan, now have a bit of guilt for the blood spilled by the Shalit deal.

The ghastly aftermath of the expulsions – thousands of missile attacks on Israel, including Tel Aviv and an Iranian-backed Hamas army in Gaza  – may serve as an obstacle to more ideas of mass expulsions.

The bloody results of the Shalit deal may serve to prevent deals that turn human beings into trading cards.

Besides the obvious illusions in the expulsion and prisoner-exchanges, some of which the government made into a farce by making sure terrorists signed on the dotted line that they would be good boys and girls and not return to terror, there is one other factor that may have influenced the leftist media.

The success of the center-right Yisrael HaYom freebie newspaper has knocked the socks off the bleeding-heart media, mainly Yediot Acharonot, which used to be read by an overwhelming majority of Israelis.

If the deaths of Israelis at the hands of freed terrorists, who promised to behave nicely, and from missiles fired from where Jews used to live in Gaza did not teach it a lesson, the loss of readership and advertising money does the trick.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Cairo Cease-fire Talks Moved Up in Deference to Jewish Holidays

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Cease-fire negotiations in Cairo between Israel and Gaza terrorist factions were moved up to Tuesday this week in deference to the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana.

Israel has confirmed it will send a delegation to the Egyptian capital to resume talks over a permanent cease-fire with Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization and other allied terrorists.

The main demand that will be brought to the table by Israel at this point is the requirement that Gazans be disarmed – the one issue that is likely to torpedo the talks altogether, since Hamas and its allies are refusing to lay down their weapons.

Hamas, meanwhile, is demanding the construction of a seaport and airport, both of which would constitute immediate, free import of sophisticated weaponry from Iran and other major international military backers. In the past Israel has not agreed to this condition.

In addition, Hamas is demanding that Israel free hundreds of terrorist prisoners in exchange for the bodies of IDF soldiers 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin and 1st Sgt. Oron Shaul, o.b.m. Both fell in the line of duty this summer while fighting in Israel’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

Ahead of the cease-fire talks, Egypt is also hosting negotiations between Hamas and its rival in the Palestinian Authority unity government, the Fatah faction led by PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Hana Levi Julian

Who cares about justice? About the victims? About truth?

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

To commemorate Remembrance Day, it seems Prime Minister Netanyahu has dealt us yet another blow. He has been consistently generous that way.

In 2011, he released our child‘s murderer, Ahlam Tamimi, perpetrator of the Sbarro massacre, as part of the Shalit deal. She had confessed and been sentenced to 16 life terms with the judge’s recommendation that she never be released in any future deals.

But who cares about justice?

Our impassioned pleas to keep her imprisoned were ignored by Mr. Netanyahu. The numerous letters my husband and I sent him elicited not even a one word response. He told the media that he had written to all the victims of terror to apologize about that release. It was a lie. We have checked, and no such letters ever existed.

But who cares about the victims?

Mr. Netanyahu said certain of the released murderers were being exiled. Tamimi was one of them. After carrying 10 kg of explosives into Jerusalem, she “pulled the trigger:” by escorting the suicide bomber right up to the target she had chosen and giving him his final instructions. Mr. Netanyahu had her sent to Jordan – her birthplace and home until a year before the massacre. Some exile.

But who cares about the truth?

The blows kept coming. Tamimi, the freed convicted murderer who had smiled on camera to hear that her fifteen victims included eight children, was not happy. She told the media that she hankered for her fiance/cousin. He was also a murderer, and also freed in the Shalit deal. But his release conditions barred his exit from the West Bank.

Her pleas did move Mr. Netanyahu. Before our personal petition to the High Court against it could be heard, Mr. Netanyahu granted the murderer free passage to Amman. The happy couple were married a few weeks later.

But who cares about a signed commitment?

And now Mr. Netanyahu has decided that the Palestinian Authority deserves to have the body of Tamimi’s weapon. The remains of the bomber, Izz al-Din Al Masri, were received joyfully this week by an enemy that has made us no concessions and is freshly reconciled with Hamas. Mr. Netanyahu did not consult with any of the families of the Sbarro massacre victims. He did not even notify us of his decision prior to the release. There is not a trace of logic in the move.

But who cares about logic?

This release is a gift that the Palestinians do not deserve. It will reward and embolden terror organizations everywhere. Mr. Netanyahu’s fire and brimstone does not fool terrorists. His repeated gifts to them convey the truth: he is afraid to confront them. He is unable to lead. He can only deliver empty rhetoric.

But who cares about fighting terrorism?

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Frimet Roth

The Pollard-Shalit Hostage Negotiations

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Terrorists who murdered a friend of mine are supposedly on the list of terrorists to be released in this upcoming round of prisoner releases – all for the “privilege” of seating down with the PA chief terrorist for talks. That makes this particular terrorist release a bit more personal for me than some of the other releases.

The talk today in Israel is about the proposal that Kerry and Obama purportedly made to Abbas and Netanyahu.

Netanyahu will free these terrorists, Abbas will continue to sit and talk to Netanyahu until the end of the year or so, and Obama will, in exchange, free Jonathan Pollard.

A lot of thoughts went through my head when I heard this.

The first was the Wye Agreement, when Clinton promised Netanyahu that he would free Pollard, and then reneged on that. So I hope that if Netanyahu agrees, he learned his lesson, and will demand Pollard be released first.

But I also thought about Pollard being freed, with the disgusting price being demanded in return.

And that brought me to thinking about Gilad Shalit and Hamas.

Gilad Shalit was being held hostage by Hamas in order to obtain the release of terrorists, and now the message from the White House is that Pollard is being held hostage by Obama in order to obtain the release of terrorists.

The comparison is obvious, and here in Israel, where we’ve had a lot of unfortunate experience in this area – it’s what most of us are thinking.

I’m not going to discuss the morality of trading terrorists for hostages, but it is an incredibly difficult decision.

But I would ask Netanyahu to add one more condition to this hostage negotiation.

We don’t want these terrorists anywhere near us. Not in Israel, not in the PA.

We’ll take Pollard, in exchange for releasing the terrorists, so Abbas will pretend to talk to us some more. But we don’t want those terrorists anywhere near us.

Netanyahu should say our condition is as follows, the plane that is bringing Jonathan Pollard home to Israel, should, on its way back to America, be transporting all those released terrorists to their new homes – in America.

That’s a fair trade.

JoeSettler

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