Four of the seven people charged in the lynching of soldier Eden Natan Zada in August 2005 will sign a plea-bargain with prosecutors, according to a Monday monring report by Channel 10 television. The attack occured after Zada boarded the 165 bus in Haifa and opened fire, murdering four Israeli Arabs and wounding four others as the bus reached the Galilee town of Shefar'am. He was handcuffed when set upon by the seven.
Under the deal, the four will plead to causing serious injury and will not be given heavy sentences. The biggest obstacle to the deal is concern in the State Attorney's Office that such a deal will result in an angry reaction from the right-wing parties and the soldier's family. According to the report, the four intend to petition the Supreme Court in the next few days to demand that prosecutors accept the deal.