MK Danon: Shin Bet Giving Terrorists 'Gifts'

Likud lawmaker Danny Danon slammed the deal made by Israel to end a mass hunger strike in its prisons; says he will try to block it.

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MK Danny Danon (Likud) on Monday slammed a deal signed Monday between Israel's Shin Bet and hunger-striking Arab security prisoners being held on suspicion of terrorism.

"This deal is a serious mistake," Danon said. "Rather than making things harder on the terrorists, they give them gifts."

"The situation of security prisoners must be clear: no family visits, no special benefits, and key prisoners must be confined seperately," he added.

"We would not allow a Hizbullah prisoner visits, and there is no reason to give Hamas prisoners visits," he said. "Both deny the existence of Israel."

Danon told Arutz Sheva he plans to demand an urgent hearing by the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee to debate the details of the agreement, and hopefully prevent its implementation.

Earlier on Monday, it was announced that the ring-leaders behind the mass hunger strike of Israel's prisoners had signed a pledge to eschew terror activity in exchange for improved conditions.

After they announced the signing of the deal, the hunger strike ended.

Shin Bet said that the agreement was made possible following the commitment given by the commanders of organizations outside the prison, to prevent terrorism, and once approved, security prisoners signed the letter.

Critics, however, note that several prisoners released in exchange for IDF soldier Gilad Shalit – all of whom signed similar agreements – have been rearrested after returning to terrorism.

The hunger strike has been used by the prisoners – and Fatah and Hamas leaders – as a vehicle for attacking Israel’s administrative detention laws.

Islamic Jihad terror leader Khader Adnan, who was released by Israeli officials after a 66 day hunger strike, was portrayed as wrongly suspected of terrorism in the international media.

A video later surfaced in which Adnan is shown pleading for suicide bombers to “carry the next explosive belt.”