Bereaved Son: Freed Terrorists Return to Terrorism

Tzvi Goren, who lost his mother in the bulldozer terror attack in Jerusalem in 2008 opposes the deal to free Gilad Shalit.

Elad Benari,

Bulldozer terror attack
Bulldozer terror attack
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Tzvi Goren, who lost his mother in the bulldozer terror attack in Jerusalem in 2008, said on Tuesday that he strongly opposes the deal that has been reached to free captive soldier Gilad Shalit.

“I oppose this deal because the terrorists return to terror activity,” Goren told Arutz Sheva. “For example, in the deal to release Elchanan Tenenbaum [who was abducted by Hizbullah after entering Lebanon for a drug deal and later freed in return for 435 terrorists –ed.], some of the terrorists returned to terrorism and murdered 26 Jews.”

“The Shalit family always waved a flag for their son’s release, but did not wave a flag on how to do it,” Goren added. “If, G-d forbid, Jews are murdered by a terrorist released in the Shalit deal, how will they raise their heads?”

Goren said he believes that Shalit’s release should come as a result of power and not out of weakness.

“The prime minister and Gilad Shalit’s father are members of a bereaved family, but it cannot be that the Israeli government abandons its citizens,” he said. “It cannot be that the families of the murderers of the Fogels come to harvest olives in Itamar. Gilad must be released out of power and not from weakness.”

Goren’s mother, Lili Goren-Friedman, was a victim of a brutal bulldozer terror attack in Jerusalem in 2008.

Goren-Friedman, 54, of the Gonen area in Jerusalem, was a teacher and former vice-principal in the Jewish Institute for the Blind in the capital. The two other people killed in the attack were Bat-Sheva Unterman, 33, and Jean Relevy, 68.

On Tuesday night, the Israeli cabinet approved a deal that would see the release of Gilad Shalit in exchange for hundreds of terrorists.

Khaled Meshaal, the head of Hamas’ political bureau in Damascus, promised in a speech he made that the terrorists who will be released in the Gilad Shalit deal will “return to the struggle.”