(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Twenty-eight members of Israeli Knesset, among them seven deputy ministers, on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel the planned release of terrorists to the Palestinian Authority (PA) as part of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations process.
Habayit Hayehudi faction chairwoman Ayelet Shaked spearheaded the request, writing a letter that was signed by MKs from Habayit Hayehudi, deputy ministers and MKs from Likud, and MKs from United Torah Judaism and Shas.
“It doesn’t make sense that a country that sanctifies life would release murderers who, amid negotiations, continue to commit acts of terror,” said the letter.
The letter refers to the deal Jerusalem signed with the PA in July, which secured the release of 104 Palestinian who were charged with acts of terrorism and sentenced to jail in Israel. The deal was seen as a gesture to the PA for restarting peace talks. Israel has so far released 26 terrorists.