Jerusalem Report

To release, or not to release

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.

A protester demonstrates against the release of terrorists in front of the Prime Minister‘s residenc
Photo by: YONATAN SINDEL / FLASH 90
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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