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  4/22/2012, Nisan 30, 5772

Bereaved Father Asks PM Not to Speak at Memorial Event


Ron Kerman, whose 17-year-old daughter, Tal, was killed in the 2003 bombing of bus line 37 in Haifa, sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in which he asked Netanyahu not to speak at the official government memorial service for terror victims on Memorial Day. Kerman said he felt betrayed by the government for releasing hundreds of terrorists, including those involved in the death of his daughter, in the deal to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from Hamas captivity.

Kerman said that Netanyahu would honor all those in attendance by his presence but that any words he had to say would be a mockery. Kerman continued, "Will you again promise to settle all accounts with the murderers? That we'll know how to extract a price from the responsible ones? That we won't be quiet or rest until we wipe those responsible off the face of the earth." He concluded, "What more can you promise, that you haven't already violated with your own hands? How can you console me when you're the one who released the murderers of my daughter?"