(JNS.org) Dozens of demonstrators gathered at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu’s bureau on Sunday to protest the planned release of 104 Palestinian
prisoners ahead of renewed peace talks. The prisoner release was approved 13-7
by Israel’s cabinet.
“The prime minister is encouraging terror by releasing terrorists and
killers,” Israeli Channel 2 news
quoted a demonstrator as saying Sunday as dozens carried pictures of loved ones
killed in terror attacks.
Israeli Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with the
demonstrators before heading into the weekly Israeli cabinet meeting, assuring
them that he would vote against the measure. “I will vote against it and so
will my friends,” he told the crowd, according to Israel Hayom. “The release of killers brings a lot of loss and
embarrassment to a country. Anyone on the other side who demands the release of
murderers and incinerators of women and children is not worthy of being a
called a partner.”
whose brother Guy Friedman was murdered in 1992 by Israeli Arab terrorists,
said, “Our goodwill gestures actually prompt our enemies to make more demands.
You don’t release prisoners before negotiations even begin.”
prisoner release passed in the cabinet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu said, “This moment is not easy for me. It is not easy for the
ministers. It is not easy especially for the families, the bereaved families,
whose heart I understand. But there are moments in which tough decisions must
be made for the good of the country, and this is one of those moments.”