Most Terrorists in Amnesty Agreement Are Back to Terrorism

Most terrorists have not changed their ways, but the Gen. Sec. Service says "arrangement" made with 178 terrorists has been partially successful.

Hillel Fendel,

Terror war continues, despite agreement
Terror war continues, despite agreement

While most terrorists have not changed their ways, the Shabak (General Security Service) says the "amnesty arrangement" made with 178 terrorists who agreed to abandon terror has been partially successful.

Four months after the "wanted terrorists agreement" went into effect, it is clear that there has been a change for the better, the Shabak says.  The GSS emphasizes, however, that the Palestinian Authority has been ineffectual in carrying out its part.

Although more than half the terrorists in the deal are reported to have not cooperated, the Shabak prefers to see the positive aspects. 

"The agreement has created a positive dynamic that has had a positive influence on the Palestinian street," the Shabak reports, "and it is apparent that some of the activists are, in fact, abandoning the path of terror.  At the same time, the Shabak will continue to demand that activists who don't fulfill 100% of the obligations in the agreement will not be included in the second stage of the agreement."

Amnesty and Removal From the Wanted List
According to the agreement, 178 wanted Fatah terrorists were to be granted amnesty in exchange for their promise to stop terrorism.  The first stage involves a trial period of three months during which they are not to be arrested, unless Israel receives information that they are planning terrorism.  If they do not engage in terrorism during the three months, they will be officially removed from the "wanted" list.  The agreement did not call for an official and irreversible pardon, however, enabling their full prosecution if ever they return to terrorism.

The few terrorists who did hand in their weapons and who have fulfilled all their obligations will be advanced to the second stage of the agreement, the Shabak stated, and will no longer be considered wanted.  The Shabak did not specify how many terrorists have fulfilled all the requirements.

PA is Too Weak
The terrorists were also to have handed in their weapons, but the Palestinian Authority has proven too weak to enforce that aspect of the agreement.  The Shabak appears pleased with the results of the agreement, "despite the fact that the enforcement level by the PA during this period has been extremely limited, and the collection of weapons from the terrorists in question did not occur at all [emphasis added - ed.]."

Haaretz reports that some terrorists have simply grown tired of being wanted.  One was quoted as saying that he can barely get a haircut, because the barbers are afraid that Israeli commandos might suddenly arrive and arrest him.  Many say they are having trouble getting married or living normal lives.

War Against Terror Continues
Despite the agreement's partial success, the army continues its day-to-day against terrorists throughout Judea and Samaria.  It was reported this morning (Tuesday), for instance, that an IDF force had arrested a wanted Fatah Tanzim terrorists in Jericho, who had been involved in shooting attacks against IDF forces in the area.  Seven other terrorists were arrested overnight, 24 the night before, and nine on Thursday night.