We must make it clear to Hamas that kidnapping doesn't pay, Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Ze'ev Elkin (Likud Beytenu) said Tuesday, visiting the spot in Gush Etzion where three teenage boys were abducted earlier this month.
Elkin visited the area with Jewish journalists from around the world and briefed them on the abduction and the IDF's response.
"The reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah made the kidnapping possible," he said. "Our job is to change the equation and show Hamas that it is not worth it for them to kidnap. That is why I called to arrest all those released in the deal to bring back [former captive soldier Gilad] Schalit and submitted a bill that would not allow terrorists to be pardoned."
The Likud Beytenu MK pointed out that only yesterday, it was made public that one of the Palestinians released in the Schalit deal was re-arrested for killing Baruch Mizrahi on his way to a Passover Seder.
"He's not the only one who went back to his old tricks," Elkin added.
Elkin also explained that terrorists receive a salary from the Palestinian Authority, which is higher if they murdered more Israelis.