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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Israel's Attempt to Prove it Wants Peace by Freeing Convicted Murdering Terrorists Doomed to Failure

As a mother, grandmother and educator I know too well that rewarding bad behavior will only reinforce and perpetuate it.  The idea that releasing convicted Arab terrorist murderers could show Israel wants peace will only result in more terrorism.
Just so readers of The Jewish Press are not confused, we’ll repeat it again. The Israeli envoy to the UN HRC in Geneva presented Israel’s release back into the wild of what is planned eventually to be more than 100 murderers of Jews as proof that Israel wants peace. More unrepentant murderers out there on the loose means peace is close to the hearts of the Israeli government, in UNspeak, and Israel is now speaking that language as well. But just in case anyone thought that Israel’s self-flagellation was enough pummeling of Israel for one HRC session, you can rest comfortably because more than 75  other member nations lined up to also vilify Israel.
Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/at-un-israel-uses-freeing-arab-murderers-to-prove-it-wants-peace/2013/10/30/
To achieve peace there must be a zero tolerance concerning terrorism. Terrorists must never be rewarded with pleasant jail conditions and releasing from sentenced punishment.  Of course, I prefer the death penalty, but so far the Israeli politicians and justice system disagree with me.

Can anybody in their right mind think that a ceremony like this will encourage peace?
Thousands of Palestinians gathered in Ramallah in the early hours of Wednesday morning to greet 21 prisoners released from Israeli custody to the West Bank as part of arrangements for the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Five other Palestinian prisoners were released earlier in Gaza. All 26 were convicted murderers, most of them jailed for crimes committed before the 1993 Oslo Accords.Cheers rose from the crowd, many of whom held Palestinian and Fatah flags, cameras and AK-47s aloft, as the released men were carried on shoulders from the vans that had brought them from Ofer Prison to the Palestinian city. Celebratory gunfire, whistles and shouts of Allahu Akbar were audible above the din. (Times of Israel)
That's no harbinger of true peace.
The BBC's Yolande Knell reports from the West Bank that those who have been freed are seen there as political prisoners and heroes of the Palestinian cause - but that the decision has been hugely unpopular with the Israeli public.
The Palestinians released early on Wednesday were driven from Israel's Ofer prison to the Erez crossing into Gaza and the Beituna crossing into the West Bank.
In Gaza, fireworks shot into the sky as the former inmates were driven away in a convoy. In the West Bank, the freed prisoners were taken to Ramallah, where Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressed a large crowd. BBC
This convicted Arab terrorist prisoner release has only upped the demands of the Arabs:
Abbas added, the report said, that the PA would continue its efforts to ensure that all terrorists serving time in Israeli jails are freed.
"All 104 prisoners [that Israel has agreed to release] will be released, but the real joy will only come when all Palestinian prisoners are released. We undertake to continue the efforts to release all prisoners until they return to their homes,” he said. (Arutz 7)
How can rewarding convicted of murder Arab terrorists make Israel a safer and more peaceful place?


Anonymous said...

Batya, thank you.

Every day lately my anger and disgust grow tremendously. Our "leaders" should jump off cliffs with no rope, or go out to the deep sea without life jackets. If they want all Jews to die - as surely it seems - they should go first and be a good example.

There. My blood pressure feels lower already. But not enough:

I really think they want us all to die, but they're too cowardly to kill us openly themselves; so, they've come up with a way for the arabs to do it for them, with words that disguise their intentions - "we really, REALLY want peace, so we'll release all the prisoners you want. Just give the word." In so many words.

I hope all the guys on your block are good shots. You'll need 'em, along with all our prayers.

G-d bless you and protect you all in Shiloh, along with all of us in Israel.

CDG, Yerushalayim

Anonymous said...

Excellent comment, CDG to a great article by Batya. There's nothing more to add, except to say that by the State releasing murderers, they are proving who they really are, not cowards so much, but traitors who want the destruction of a Jewish Israel and that is why there is a war against the religious Jews of all stripes now taking place in Israel. 'They want to be like the nations, at any cost'. Erev Rav!

10rainbow said...

G-d bless israel. batya, i find all this mind boggling. last week i read in my e torah lesson. "Yael (convert) killed sisera. with the destruction of the unholy husk, the holy spark was released. Rabbi Akiva ben Yosef came forth from the descendants of sisera. Rav Shmuel bar Shilas came from those of Haman'.
i pray from all these sorrows will come redemption. i pray that Mosiach will come soon, and say, 'enough' to the jewish people's tears.

Batya said...

CDG, that's why I blog, to keep from going insane.
a, thanks, yes
rainbow, I don't remember learning that Yael was a convert.

NormanF said...

Is the Jew a human being?

After centuries of anti-Semitism, Jews still haven't learned the importance of dignity and self-respect.

And if they don't have respect for their own dead, they shouldn't expect the Arabs to have a high regard for them.

For the umpteenth time, it bears reminding that subverting justice will never lead to peace.

Anonymous said...

Norman F: Beautifully stated and so, so true.


Batya said...


10rainbow said...

batya, it was in my torah lesson. i write down all the parts which i feel i need to keep going where i live. i save alot of my torah lessons and statements from the talmud that is mentioned there, and go back and re read them and my two sons and i get strength from them, and pray that my family and my posterity must never ever become an enemy of the j people. its like cutting the hand that feeds you.


The midrash praises Jael, wife of Heber the Kenite, and includes her among the devout women converts, together with Hagar, Asenath, Zipporah, Shiphrah, Puah, the daughter of Pharaoh, Rahab and Ruth (Yalkut Shimoni on Joshua, para. 9, from Midrash Tadshe). Jael was apparently beautiful, because merely hearing her voice would cause men to recall her and would arouse their lust (BT Megillah 15a). etc

Batya said...

Thanks rainbow, I'm just not an expert in midrashim.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Yael was a convert; she was also a kenite, I think. But, as far as Osnat is concerned, our sages (Chazal) tell us that she was really Yosef Hatzadik's niece. She was the product of the evil perpetrated on Dina, Yaakov's daughter, and he sent her down to Egypt with an amulet for protection. She was adopted by Potiphar and his wife, because they were childless. (Our sages say that Potiphar was a eunuch). When Joseph became the viceroy of Egypt, he saw the amulet that Osnat(that's why she has that name-product of rape)wore and knew immediately that it was one that his father had given her. Also, the story of Shifrah and Puah, the midwives were really Yocheved and Miriam.

Batya said...

a, interesting
I'm not a midrash fan. It brings a level of mystic and the unbelievable into things.

Anonymous said...

When the Zohar or our great Sages of yesteryear, the amoraim, tanaim, etc. declare and state something (they had ruach haKodesh),together with the likes of Rashi, Rambam, Ramban, Maharsha with his commentaries on the Talmud, etc., etc., one should believe them. True Torah is the Written & Oral Laws, all given at Sinai. Rambam's 13 principles - believing in all of Moshe's Torah m'Sinai. Ask your Rav, and he will tell you that Osnat was Yosef's niece and he married her. Also, about Yocheved & her daughter, being the midwives, and using the other names. Torah is not just a history book; it is the Guide to Jewish life and all the mysteries are within it.

Batya said...

It's just a midrash about Osnat being Dina's daughter, and it's one of the midrashim that makes no sense to me. I can't imagine Dina giving her daughter up.