Several months ago, Israel agreed to release some 100 terrorists in order to encourage the Palestinian Authority to return to the negotiating table. Many of these terrorists were involved directly and indirectly in the murder of Israelis, and the deal incensed many people in Israel and the Jewish world.
So far, 26 of the terrorists have been released, and another group is set to be released in the coming weeks. However, after the murders last weekend of two IDF soldiers – one in Samaria and one in Hevron – by PA Arabs, loud protests were heard among Israelis, and many of their political leaders, against the second round of releases. Speaking at a protest against further terrorists releases last weekend, Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely said that it was ridiculous to speak of releasing more terrorists while the army was looking for the killers of Gabriel (Gal) Kobi and Tomer Hazan, the two murdered soldiers.. “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.
In order to keep the pressure up and ensure that the government does not free the next round of terrorists, IDF reserve officer Oren Tamam, who himself lost a brother in 1984, when Moshe Tamam was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in 1984, has organized a major media campaign against further terrorist releases. The campaign includes spokespeople from many families who have lost family members to terrorism, and is directed at government ministers, urging them to vote against further terrorist releases.
Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Oren Tamam said that the campaign was unfortunately very necessary. “Most of the ministers are 'delicate,' and go with the Prime Minister's flow because they are afraid of losing their positions. However, there are some that do stand on their principles, and we are admire them a great deal.
“But those protesters are not enough,” he said. “Even as terror rises, we see the government granting the PA more 'gestures,' such as allowing building materials into Gaza, a decision from last week. We are fighting against these kinds of gestures. These ministers are just not seeing things realistically,” he said.
“I do not accept that the people in charge here are John Kerry and Barack Obama, and not the Prime Minister and the elected government of Israel,” Tamam added. “The situation we are living under is unacceptable. We want to live peacefully and they kill us. Soldiers fight to capture terrorists, judges put them in jail, and the government frees them. It is unacceptable.”