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Olmert Continues Terrorist-Amnesty Program

PM Olmert grantes complete amnesty to 45 terrorists who were on a partial amnesty program - including one responsible for scores of deadly attacks.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 8/29/2008, 1:30 PM

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has granted complete amnesty to 45 terrorists who had been on a partial amnesty program, including one responsible for scores of deadly attacks. 

The amnesty program was begun over a year ago, and features the temporary removal from Israel's "wanted terrorists" list of Palestinian Authority Arabs who disarm and promise to cease their terrorist activities.  They were also required to spend three months in jail and three months under house arrest, according to some reports.

Nearly 180 terrorists were on the original list. Some of them were ultimately granted full pardons for complying with the terms, while others who did not were re-arrested and even killed in battle with Israeli forces.

Now, reports WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein, Olmert has decided to grant complete amnesty to another group of 45 terrorists - including Ala Senakreh, head of the deadly Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades of Fatah in Judea and Samaria. 

Klein reports that Senakreh, of the terrorist group's stronghold in Shechem (Nablus), directed cells that carried out scores of suicide bombings inside Israel.  It was either his group or Islamic Jihad, or both, that claimed responsibility for every suicide bombing in Israel in 2005, 2006 and 2007, as well as for scores of deadly shooting attacks.

Dozens of other terrorists who have been permanently removed from the "wanted" list later returned to active terrorism and took part in attacks against Israelis. Just this week, Israel arrested terror suspect Mahmoud Lubada, of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades member, who was pardoned by last month.