The media, both international and Israeli, keep referring to the convicted Arab terrorists being released to encourage sic the terrorist representatives to talk to us as just innocuous, benign-sounding "prisoners." They could be white-collar clerks caught pilfering staples or shoplifters who took too much bubblegum for all the media tells us.
I'm not in favor of comparing this illogical, dangerous act, the release of terrorist murderers with Jonathan Pollard or Jews jailed in Israel. That's why I haven't joined any of the campaigns to free Pollard from American jail or Jewish Israelis jailed for various security breaches. None of them are terrorists so they shouldn't be considered in parallel/similar status.
The State of Israel is making a terribly dangerous mistake in releasing the convicted Arab terrorists. That's what they are "convicted Arab terrorists." Keep repeating that over and over. There's a big difference between a "prisoner" and a "convicted Arab terrorist." One is a "prisoner" before being tried and convicted. Quite often people are imprisoned by mistake. These terrorists were captured, tried and convicted. Most if not all should have had been immediately executed after conviction.
Releasing convicted Arab terrorists, no matter what Israel would get "in return" is dangerous and demonstrates that the State of Israel does not value its citizens, security, justice or sovereignty.
Two convoys left the Ayalon prison on Tuesday night at around 9 pm, carry 26 terrorists who were released as the first part of an Israeli gesture to the Palestinian Authority.
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One convoy, carrying 15 terrorists traveled to the Erez junction, near Gaza, where those terrorists were released. The second convoy, carrying 11 terrorists, went to Ofer prison, and then on to the Beitunia checkpoint. The conveys reached their destinations after midnight.
Palestinian Authority Arabs have gathered to greet the terrorists upon their arrival. Over 1000 Arabs have gathered at the Muqata in Ramallah to greet the freed terrorists, and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas will be leading a welcoming ceremony.
Ze'ev Jabotinsky repeatedly warned European Jewry to leave and move to Israel. Not only was he ignored and mocked in Europe, but the dominant Labor Zionists did their best to attack and marginalize him and his Revisionist followers. In the end it was Jabotinsky whose analyses of the situation that was correct.
We're still fighting the same war, just a different battle. G-d willing we will soon be victorious.