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  10/13/2011, Tishrei 15, 5772

Hershkowitz: Initiative Would Sweeten Bitter Pill


Arutz Sheva has learned Science Minister Daniel Hershkowitz's reasons for supporting an initiative by Interior Minister Eli Yishai to free Jews serving time for security convictions.

Before Tuesday's cabinet vote on accepting the release of 1,027 Arab security prisoners in exchange for abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Hershkowitz said, "Without justifying the actions of the Jewish security prisoners, to a great extent, the deal we are about to vote on is the result of past precedents and prices that we are paying for them. In the past, deals like these have included clemency for Jewish security prisoners. The people of Israel are swallowing a very bitter pill and such a move could sweeten it."

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