Several dozen people on Monday protested outside Ministry of Defense headquarters in Tel Aviv, demanding that the government promise to stop freeing terrorists in swap deals or as part of “gestures” to the Palestinian Authority. The protest included many members of families who have lost loved ones in terror attacks. It was organized by the Almagor terror victims' group and the Israel Sheli (My Israel) organization.
Protesters carried pictures of the victims of terrorist attacks committed Arab terrorists. Many of those victims were killed, directly and indirectly, by the terrorists the government promised to free in order to restart talks with the PA. Some 100 terrorists who have been in prison for years are set to be freed in several groups. Most have not yet been released, however, and the protesters are demanding that they remain in prison, after the murders of two IDF soldiers in the past several days.
“We are protesting the absurd situation in which the government is set to release terrorists, ignoring the fact that two soldiers have been killed,” said Sara Ha'etzni Hacohen, head of Israel Sheli. “What kind of message does this give to the terrorists? That they can keep killing us and still go free? What about the newest terrorists who will be arrested – those who killed the soldiers this weekend? Will they too go free in the future?”
Speaking to the protesters, Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely said that she and many other MKs and government officials were determined to stop the releases.
“The call to end this is coming from all segments of the Likud and the nation, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is obligated to listen,” she said.