To release, or not to release

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January 8, 2014 16:28

Security officials are united in their belief that releasing terrorists is a bad idea but they also agree that Israel’s national interest sometimes justifies freeing murderers.




IT TOOK the Israel Security Agency (ISA, better known as the Shin Bet) four days to get to the bottom of the December 22 terror attack on a bus in Bat Yam, a city just south of Tel Aviv.

All in all, 13 suspects, one Israeli Arab and 12 Palestinians from the West Bank – some of them members of Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian Islamist group supported by Iran – were arrested and are being indicted. Furthermore, some 20 kilograms of explosives were found in the operation – an indication that the men arrested were planning even more daring terrorist operations.

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