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Inner Cabinet votes 13-7 to free 104 terrorists to satisfy Abbas' first demand before resukmng direct talks

The Inner Cabinet late Sunday afternoon voted 13-7 to free 104 terrorists who were convicted and jailed before the Oslo Accords in 1993, but the decision does not necessarily give blanket approval to free Israeli Arabs who are on the list.

A mini-Cabinet, packed by ministers on the side of Prime Minister Binymain Netanyahu, will decide which terrorists can be freed in four stages stretching over a period of nine months.


Two ministers, Limor Livnat and Silvan Shalom, both of the Likud party, abstained.

Voting with Netanyau were:

— Likud ministers Yuval Steinitz, Moshe Ya’alon and Gideon Sa’ar;

— Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid, Yael German, Yaakov Peri, Shai Piron and Meir Cohen;

— Yisrael Beiteinu’s Sofa Landver and Yitzchak Aharonovitch; and

— Tzipi Livni and Amir Peretz of Livni’s HaTnuah party.

Likud ministers Gilad Erdan and Yisrael Katz voted against the government, as did the three Jewish Home ministers – Uri Ariel and Uri Orbach – and Yisrael Beiteinu ministers Yair Shamir and Uzi Landau.

Livni said the Cabinet should free the terrorists “for the sake of the future,” meaning the resumption of direct talks this week with the Palestinian Authority.

Likud Minister Yisrael Katz replied, “Releasing terrorists is a mistake, just like the building freeze was a mistake. There are ministers sitting here today who supported the building freeze and claimed it would lead to negotiations, and we have seen how far it got us. In six months, it will be clear that freeing terrorists will not bring us anything except  to worsen out situation in the region, and in the international community.”

Jewish Home chairman, Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett, voted against the government of which his party is a coalition member. “We used to free a terrorist in exchange for a soldier,”  he said, “After that, we freed terrorists for the return of the bodies of soldiers, Now, we free hundreds of terrorists in exchange for a process. We are teaching the world that everything is for sale.”


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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


  1. The tangled webs we weave. Isaiah 29:11-24 speaks of the Children of Israel not giving in, not to be foolish, here see what the Lord of Heavens Armies says:
    All the future events in this vision are like a sealed book to them. When you give it to those who can read, they will say, “We can’t read it because it is sealed.” 12When you give it to those who cannot read, they will say, “We don’t know how to read.”.

    13And so the Lord says,

    “These people say they are mine.

    They honor me with their lips,

    but their hearts are far from me.

    And their worship of me.

    is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.c.

    14Because of this, I will once again astound these hypocrites.

    with amazing wonders.

    The wisdom of the wise will pass away,

    and the intelligence of the intelligent will disappear.”.

    15What sorrow awaits those who try to hide their plans from the Lord,

    who do their evil deeds in the dark!

    “The Lord can’t see us,” they say.

    “He doesn’t know what’s going on!”.

    16How foolish can you be?

    He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you, the clay!

    Should the created thing say of the one who made it,

    “He didn’t make me”?

    Does a jar ever say,

    “The potter who made me is stupid”?

    17Soon—and it will not be very long—.

    the forests of Lebanon will become a fertile field,

    and the fertile field will yield bountiful crops.

    18In that day the deaf will hear words read from a book,

    and the blind will see through the gloom and darkness.

    19The humble will be filled with fresh joy from the Lord.

    The poor will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

    20The scoffer will be gone,

    the arrogant will disappear,

    and those who plot evil will be killed.

    21Those who convict the innocent.

    by their false testimony will disappear.

    A similar fate awaits those who use trickery to pervert justice.

    and who tell lies to destroy the innocent.

    22That is why the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, says to the people of Israel, d.

    “My people will no longer be ashamed.

    or turn pale with fear.

    23For when they see their many children.

    and all the blessings I have given them,

    they will recognize the holiness of the Holy One of Israel.

    They will stand in awe of the God of Jacob.

    24Then the wayward will gain understanding,

    and complainers will accept instruction.

  2. oivei! oivei!, what a absurd, we are making the same again, we went to the concentrations camps like lambs, the same, Mr. Abbas, Mr. Kerry, and Mr. Obama conditions, in exchange of what?, allways the same, we didn't change, this prissones they should get the dead penalty not like heroes, I am realy severe dissapointed.

  3. Peace with muslims is so futile an situation. they by both design and teachings have learned to use the treaties until they no longer needed them to gain AN UPPER POSITION. Ie. Weapons re-establishment of terrorist dell inside of Israel. how can one expect for any better results when one does the same thing over and over again. idiotic moves.

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