Women hold up pictures of Palestinian prisoners 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Majed Jaber)
An attempt to bomb a school bus shows that terrorists must be kept in jail,
Bayit Yehudi MKs said ahead of Sunday’s vote on the party’s bill prohibiting
Meanwhile, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud
Beytenu) worked to convince ministers to vote against the prisoner release
planned for this week.
Friday’s remarks from Bayit Yehudi MKs came after
an improvised bomb was thrown at an Israeli school bus transporting students
Friday morning near the village of Yabad, not far from Jenin.
or damage were reported.
“The attempt to harm innocent children shows
that the Palestinian Authority doesn’t want to talk peace; it wants to make
war,” Deputy Education Minister Avraham Wortzman (Bayit Yehudi)
Wortzman called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to “do the
right thing” and vote for the Bayit Yehudi bill against prisoner
Similarly, MK Mordechai Yogev (Bayit Yehudi) said “incitement
against Israel in the Palestinian Authority is increasing, as are terror
“There is no good reason to free terrorists and murderers with
blood on their hands. It’s immoral and hurts Israel’s security,” Yogev
On Sunday, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation is scheduled
to vote on whether the government will back a bill proposed by Bayit Yehudi and
coalition chairman Yariv Levin (Likud Beytenu) prohibiting prisoner
Deputy Minister for Liaison with the Knesset Ophir Akunis
called prisoner releases “immoral and not good for our security or for
“Since the previous release, terror attacks only increased,”
Akunis wrote on Facebook on Saturday night.
Akunis, a close ally of
Netanyahu, also opposes connecting prisoner releases and construction in the
West Bank, writing: “We must continue building and development everywhere,
without any connection to freeing murderers.”
Danon sent a letter to
ministers on Thursday night, warning them that prisoner releases encourage
“I’m sure you all remember that on July 28, 2013, the
government authorized the release of 104 prisoners.
Since then, terror
boldly raised its head and the following terror attacks occurred: Soldier Tomer
Hazan was kidnapped and killed, soldier Gal Kobi was murdered in Hebron, a
terrorist infiltrated Psagot and injured nine-year-old Noam Glick, Col. (res.)
Sraya Ofer was murdered in his yard, a 1.8- km.-long terror tunnel from [the
Gaza Strip] was discovered [and] a terrorist broke into an IDF base with a
tractor,” Danon wrote.
According to the deputy minister, these attacks
occurred as a spirit of incitement from the Palestinian leadership powerfully
inflames the Palestinian street, and [PA President Mahmoud Abbas] does not speak
out against it.
“I call on you to oppose the irresponsible release of
terrorists, which endangers the security of Israel’s residents. Releasing
terrorists without conditions is a reward for terror and spurs future
terrorists,” Danon said.Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.