Moshe Shahal, a former top Knesset Minister with the Labor party blasted the terrorist prisoner release in an interview with the Lebanese-based Al-Monitor news service. Shahal said that during the formation of the Oslo Accords in the early 1990s he personally rejected some of the very same terrorists that were released on Tuesday. "For an entire week, we sat almost every night. We reviewed 3,784 files. We held an in-depth discussion on every single candidate. We examined the essence of the crime, its characteristics, severity, and the number of people harmed as a result of the crime. It was a substantive and meticulous examination, and I am stunned to see that all the prisoners about to be released in one fell swoop were those we had determined not to be appropriate for release," he said.