Netanyahu at home 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent letters to those whose lost
family members in attacks perpetrated by terrorists set to be released
in return for kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, the Prime Minister's
Office said Monday morning.
Netanyahu told the bereaved families
"that he shares their pain in seeing their loved ones' murderers go free
in return for Gilad."
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of protesters marched in Jerusalem Monday morning against the
agreement to release prisoners responsible for terror attacks that
killed members of their families.
They were marching from Har
Herzl to the High Court of Justice, where a petition will be heard at
noon against the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners involved in the
exchange deal to release IDF soldier Gilad Schalit.
Court of Justice ruled on Sunday to accept a request from Gilad
Schalit's parents, Noam and Aviva Schalit, to be added as a respondent
to a petition filed by terror victims' organization Almagor.
sympathize with the pain of the families of the terror victims, but ask
that the court not make any change, however small, to the deal made by
the government," Schalit's parents, Noam and Aviva, wrote to the
"Any delay, however small, will put Gilad's life in danger," the Schalits added.
petition asks the court to delay the prisoner releases to allow
bereaved families more time to examine the list of prisoners and to
organize a response.
"Bereaved families are calling me all the
time, they're asking me if the terrorists who murdered their family
members are on the list of prisoners or not," Almagor CEO Meir Indor
told The Jerusalem Post
The petitioners include Yitzhak Maoz, whose daughter was murdered in the
2001 Sbarro bombing in Jerusalem; Hovav Nuriel, whose father Sasson
Nuriel was murdered by a Hamas terror cell in 2005; the Bloom family,
who were injured by a petrol bomb; Ron Karmal whose daughter was
murdered in a bus bombing in Haifa; and Rabbi Shmuel Weiss, whose son
died fighting terrorists.
The Israel Prisons Service (IPS) on early Sunday morning published the
list of the Palestinian prisoners slated for release in
the first stage of the exchange deal. According to Israeli law, the
government must provide citizens 48 hours to appeal the release of the
The first group of 477 prisoners, whose names were published Sunday, are
expected to be released on Tuesday at the same time that Hamas hands
over Schalit. The list includes 450 males and 27 females.