Palestinians celebrate prisoner release 370.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
This week, a day before the resumption of peace negotiations between Israel and
the Palestinian Authority, a group of 26 terrorists (all PLO members) are
scheduled to be released by Israel as a goodwill gesture toward the
As part of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s effort to
bring the two parties to the table, Israel had to surrender on three major
points, including the immoral release of murderers – among whom are Israeli Arab
citizens who massacred Israelis. Israel also had to agree both to an undeclared
freeze on building in the West Bank as well as to a return to the 1967
These demands were literally imposed on Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu by the US administration. Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority simply
had to agree to participate in the talks, without making any concession – not
even a pledge to stop the daily incitement against Israel in the Palestinian
Why does the PA not stop the daily incitement against Israel? And
why does the US administration not insist that the PA do so? Amid peace talks,
Palestinian propaganda keeps spreading venom against Israel in the media as well
as in the educational system controlled by the PA.
history teaching, and the teaching of geography, both ignore Israel’s existence
and falsify its history.
Incitement is a lethal weapon with longterm
effect. It has to be dismantled now to give the next generations a chance to
enjoy peace. Unfortunately I write from experience, as a father who lost his
teenage daughter, Tal Kehrmann, in March 2003 in a suicide attack aboard a bus
Murderers of innocent civilians have been rewarded by the PA.
People who only a few years ago massacred families are now honored with streets
named after them.
Others, who had brutally killed civilians just because
they lived in Israel, were honored with squares named after them.
some released murderers already have a job waiting for them in the
Releasing Palestinian terrorists gives a boost to the image of PA
President Mahmoud Abbas, who represents only a minority of Palestinians. And it
makes easier to recruit new ones because prospective Palestinian murderers know
that, no matter what, someone will always be looking after them, and that they
will be released from prison.
While those who are about to be released
will enjoy the opportunity of reuniting with their families, I will never get my
dear daughter Tal back.
And while they will bear new children, I will
forever continue to live the pain of her loss and stare at her
THE IMMORAL release of terrorists who were sentenced to life
imprisonment is a concession guaranteed to embolden terrorism across the Middle
East. As if to prove this point, the US administration, just a few days ago, had
to close 25 embassies around the globe, citing credible information of an
imminent attack by one of al-Qaida’s affiliates.
I have grown
disillusioned with diplomatic experiments that have led nowhere and cost me
dearly. In order to live in peace incitement has to stop and mutual trust has to
be built. These steps take time to mature. Only when both sides have established
trust should Israel be willing to make the painful concession of releasing
I am vehemently opposed to releasing convicted murderers
merely to entice Palestinian leaders to enter negotiations and give a boost to
terrorism. Rewards should be given at the end of a successful peace process –
not as a prostitution fee a day before the negotiations start.
author’s daughter Tal was murdered in a terrorist attack on March 5, 2003, on
bus No. 37 Haifa.