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Palestinian security prisoners freed last week as part of the Gilad Schalit swap
with Hamas were “personally informed of the consequences of returning to
terrorism,” The Jerusalem Post has learned.
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Security officials read out
statements to the prisoners in the Ktziot prison in the south and the Sharon
prison in central Israel prior to their release, a defense source
The statements were read out after the prisoners refused to sign
pledges saying that they would not return to terrorist activities, the source
Asked to comment on the issue, the Prime Minister’s Office
confirmed that the statements were read out, adding, “the prime minister
publicly declared that every terrorist who returns to terror is placing their
life at risk.” Initially, forms were handed out by Israel Security Agency (Shin
Bet) officials to the prisoners for signing, Maariv reported on
According to the report, Arabic-speaking handlers from the Shin
Bet tasked with managing secret Palestinian agents attempted to get signatures
on the forms, but failed to get the prisoners to sign.
The report said
the refusal by all prisoners to sign their names came after the first prisoner
who was asked to sign the form refused to do so. He repeatedly declared that he
was prepared to forfeit the release and remain in jail if his signature was
required for his release.
The prisoners had, however, concluded that
their release was not dependent on their signatures, and left the state no
choice but to retract the demand for their signature, the report added.