David Bedein of the Center for Near East Policy Research reminded on Monday that the United States government, by law, will have to pursue some of the terrorists who will be released as part of the Shalit deal.
Bedein told Arutz Sheva that the U.S. implemented the Koby Mandell Act, named after 13-year-old Koby Mandell, an American citizen who was killed by Arab terrorists in Wadi Tekoa in May of 2001, along with his friend Yosef Ishran.
Bedein said that according to the Koby Mandell Act, which has been passed and is part of American law, “the American government must pursue anyone who has murdered an American citizen in an act of terror.”
He added, “Now you have a situation where at least 40 Arabs who were part of different PLO and Hamas groups who were convicted of murdering American citizens. They have been set free through the ransom deal that Israel made with Hamas, but that doesn’t matter. The United States is obligated to act in order to pursue, to prosecute and to jail those who have murdered American citizens.”
Bedein said that any person can write to the American Ambassador in Israel, Dan Shapiro, or other Congress members, demanding they act to pursue these terrorists.
“The fact that [President Shimon] Peres gave a pardon to these killers does not excuse them from the crimes they have committed against American citizens,” he emphasized.