Member of Knesset Ophir Akunis (Likud) added his voice, Monday, to those who would stop the release of Palestinian Authority (PA) terrorists in the wake of the weekend's murders of two Israeli soldiers. Interviewed on Arutz Sheva's Hebrew journal, he said Israel must announce that it will not carry out the next prisoner release called for in terms of the resumption of talks between Israel and the PA. He rejected calls for negotiations to continue as a sign against the efforts of terrorists to stop the talks, noting that there was similar talk against the backdrop of terror attacks in the years immediately following the signing of the Oslo Accords.
Akunis welcomed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to allow Jews to move into Hevron's Beit Hamachpelah but said the permission should have been granted long ago and not as a result of the tragedy. He said the government should decide in favor of increased settlement activity. Akunis said, based on a check with the Prime Minister's Office, that Netanyahu's trip to the United Nations General Assembly will focus on the Iranian nuclear threat and a Bar-Ilan University speech upon his return will only have the location in common with the speech he made at the beginning of his current term. Akunis said, the speech will not discuss the two-state solution mentioned in the first Bar-Ilan speech.