Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s agreement to free terrorist murderers in order to bring Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas back to the negotiating table has caused shock and consternation among surviving family members.
“How is this possible? How?” demanded Mazal Karmani, whose son Ronen was kidnapped and murdered by one of the terrorists who is to be freed.
Recent high school graduates Ronen Karmani and his friend Lior Tubol were on their way to visit their girlfriends in 1990 when they were offered a ride. They never reached their destination.
Their increasingly worried families began to search the area. Soon police joined the search as well. After several days, their bodies were found in a valley in Jerusalem. They had been bound and gagged and then stabbed to death.
“He was the heart of the family in every way,” his father Eliyahu said sadly. “I’m always thinking, ‘when will I die, so that I can see my son?’ That’s how much I miss him.”
“He was my heart,” his mother said. She has been thinking about her son “for twenty-three years, every day, every second,” she said.
Both parents expressed fury and consternation at the decision to free the murderers. The same men who killed Ronen and Lior in cold blood murdered two other men as well, Eliyahu noted, and they were supposed to serve four life terms.
“Nowhere else on earth do you see this, that a person who got four life sentences plus twenty years is released before completing a single life sentence,” he charged. “Why? Based on what?”
“They murdered two helpless childen, who fought, who tried to fight them off,” Mazal added. “They bound them, tied their hands and feet and gagged them, and dragged them to the valley, and stabbed them 15, 20 times. They beat them. We found them… we found their bodies bloated in the sun.”
“How is it possible?” she demanded. “How could a person, a judge, whoever’s freeing them, free such monsters? They’ll come back and do more and more things like this in our country, they’ll kidnap soldiers, they’ll lynch people, they will destroy more and more families.”
In addition to Ronen and Lior’s killer, Abbas has demanded that Netanyahu free Issa Abd Rabo, a terrorist who murdered a young Jewish man and woman from Jerusalem in an execution-style slaying, and terrorists Abu Harabish Salam Saliman Mahmoud and Adam Ibrahim Jumaa, who burned 26-year-old school teacher Rachel Weiss to death along with her sons Netanel, 3, Rafael, 2, and Efraim, nine months. A fifth victim, David Delarosa, died from injuries sustained in an attempt to rescue the burning children.
Abbas has told U.S. officials that releasing the murderers is a “top priority” for his administration.
The Obama administration is eager to restart talks between Netanyahu and the PA with the goal of creating a PA-led Arab state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Abbas is to represent the PA in the negotiations, despite his term in office having expired in 2009.