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Gov’t Breaks Promise not to Free Terrorists

The government is to free hard-core terrorists, contrary to its vow that only "car thieves” would be released in stage 2 of the Shalit deal.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 12/18/2011, 9:46 AM

Sbarro bombing medics and victim
Sbarro bombing medics and victim
Flash 90

The government is freeing hard core terrorists Sunday, contrary to its promise that only ”car thieves” would be released in stage two of the Shalit deal.

Yitzchak Moaz, whose daughter Tehilla was killed in the Sbarro restaurant suicide explosion in 2001, said Sunday morning that among the ”car thieves" are Osama Saleh, who was convicted of helping establish a terrorist cell to kidnap Arabs suspected of collaborating with Israel.

He also was found guilty and sentenced for plotting to carry out shooting attacks on IDF soldiers. His terrorist cell possessed two revolvers and a semi-automatic rifle when it was arrested.

Another hard-core terrorist to be freed is Mahmoud Hasham Ahmed Khalef, a member of the Fatah faction’s Tanzim terrorist unit. Fatah is headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Khalef was convicted of shooting at soldiers and civilians in the Ramallah area, which is near Beit El, Ofra and Psgaot as well as IDF and Border Police bases.

Several terrorists, such as Faras Rian Hassan, were serving sentences that were not to end until 2019.

The High Court has rejected petitions to delay or cancel the release scheduled for Sunday, and the Almagor terrroist victims group has submitted an additonal petition to the court, which is expected to reject it.