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Uri Ariel: Enough Terrorist Prisoner Releases

Housing Minister Uri Ariel says that he and the Bayit Yehudi party will do their best to stop the ongoing release of terrorists.
By David Lev
First Publish: 10/28/2013, 10:56 PM

MK Uri Ariel
MK Uri Ariel
Yoni Kempinski

Speaking at a protest Monday night against the imminent release of terrorists from Israeli prisons, Housing Minister Uri Ariel said that he and the Bayit Yehudi party would do their best to stop the ongoing release of terrorists.

“The Jewish people are all one family, a family that mourns its losses,” Ariel said. “Despite the troubles, we continue on our long path of returning all Jews to the Land of Israel, their ancestral homeland.”

Ariel promised that “we will return to all of Judea and Samaria. We will build Jerusalem. No one can remove us from the land that G-d promised us,” he said.

Ariel cited a coterie of Israeli experts who were opposed to allowing terrorists out of Israeli prisons, including a report produced by a panel led by former High Court judge Meir Shamgar, which said that releasing terrorists was not productive and was bad for Israel's security. Even more, Ariel said, “why do they not believe the words of our sages, who say that 'anyone who is kind to evil people ends up being evil to kind people?'

“We tell the families of the victims, that we are with them with all our heart and soul,” Ariel said. “Together we will fight for the security of Israel and its residents. Enough terror, enough freeing of terrorists.”

During his speech, Ariel was heckled by several members of the crowd, who said he had no right to speak at the event as long as he and his party were in the very government that is releasing the terrorists.

Thousands of people gathered in protest over the impending release of 26 Arab terrorists on Tuesday. Demonstrators, including family members of terror victims, marched Monday night to the Ofer Prison north of Jerusalem from which the release will take place. The protest was attended by Israelis from all over the country, who descended on Ofer Prison in dozens of buses.