Meir Indor 370.
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Supreme Court President Asher D. Grunis is no more likely to block the recently
announced release of 104 Palestinian prisoners with blood on their hands than
was his predecessor Dorit Beinisch, said Meir Indor, the Almagor Terror Victims
Association head, on Monday.
From Indor’s perspective, even if many view
Grunis as less left-wing on certain issues, Grunis still “looks at the issue
from the perspective of the politicians,” he said.
He explained that
Grunis would likely view the release primarily as “an issue of state policy,”
and not primarily about contempt for the court’s prison sentences and the
injustice toward the prisoners’ victims.
Indor complained that he
believed the court “has not been consistent” in applying its principles of
non-intervention with state policy, as it refused to intervene to block the
Gilad Schalit prisoner release, but has frequently intervened to order the state
to “change the placement of the West Bank security barrier.”
to block the prisoner release with a public relations campaign, along with a
recent letter that Almagor sent to State Comptroller Joseph Shapira.
said that terror victims and their supporters would campaign “day in, day out”
to fight the deal in the hopes of not being forced to file a petition with the
High Court of Justice, which in any event cannot be filed before an actual
release date is announced and about to be implemented.
Indor said that it
is important that the public view the release not from the perspective of being
a political choice, but from the perspective that, as he views it, such releases
“undermine the entire standard legal framework” for bringing terrorists to
justice, keeping them behind bars and providing justice to victims.
noted the absurdity of a situation whereby prisoners who had only committed
non-violent crimes would never be released as a diplomatic gesture, but
prisoners “whose crimes were violent enough” could be, since those crimes were
Indor also labeled US Secretary of State John
Kerry and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni “hypocrites.”
Kerry had opposed
similar deals in other contexts, but not here, he said. Regarding Livni, he said
that she could not be both the top law enforcement officer who sends people to
jail, and at the same time the lead negotiator for peace talks, releasing
terrorists from jail.