Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu must cancel the planned Palestinian prisoner
releases, 30 MKs wrote in a letter sent to the prime minister Tuesday
“In light of the horrific murders in recent days, we ask you to
cancel the release of terrorists, planned as part of negotiations with the
Palestinians,” the letter, initiated by Bayit Yehudi faction chairwoman Ayelet
Shaked and Yisrael Beytenu faction chairman Robert Ilatov,
Lawmakers from Likud Beytenu, Bayit Yehudi, Shas and United Torah
Judaism signed the message to Netanyahu.
“It cannot be that a government
that wants life will release murderers and that terrorism will continue as
negotiations are ongoing,” the letter continues.
Shaked took to Facebook
to declare that when the Knesset winter session begins in two weeks, she will
demand that the government vote on the issue again.
“We will act to stop
the moral distortion of a wholesale release of murderers,” Shaked
Hatnua MK David Tsur’s name was accidentally included in the list
Tsur clarified that he signed a different letter, calling
for Netanyahu to release the Shamgar Committee report on negotiations that
involve prisoner releases.
Although Tsur is against the prisoner release
as a condition for peace talks, he respects the government’s decision and does
not want to tie its hands.
The MKs’ letter came a day after ministers
wrote to Netanyahu asking for a new meeting and vote on prisoner
Netanyahu’s associates said he would not accept a request from
seven ministers led by Bayit Yehudi head Naftali Bennett to reconsider prisoner
releases due to the murder of two IDF soldiers.
Only one of the ministers
who wrote the letter, Immigration and Absorption Minister Sofa Landver, voted in
favor of releasing terrorists from prison.
Bennett said he was sure that
if there would be a revote, he could persuade enough ministers to change their
minds and oppose further prisoner releases. He said it was “delusional” that
Israel continues releasing terrorists while terrorists continue murdering
“It sends a message to the terrorists that they should kidnap
soldiers because they will get something for it,” Bennett said.
policy must be changed or there will be more kidnappings.”
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