Daily Israel Report

'Kerry Wants A Nobel At The Expense of Bereaved Israelis'

Bereaved father slams deal offering Pollard for terrorists as threat to Israel, says Obama and Kerry 'malicious towards Pollard.'
By Ido Ben-Porat, Ari Yashar
First Publish: 4/10/2014, 9:28 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry
US Secretary of State John Kerry
Reuters

Moshe Muskal, the father of First Sergeant Refanael Muskal Hy''d who was killed in the 2006 Second Lebanon War, told Arutz Sheva Thursday in an exclusive interview that the proposed deal for the release of Jonathan Pollard will critically endanger Israel if it goes through.

Reports indicated the deal would release Pollard, now in his 29th year in an American cell on charges of spying for Israel. In exchange, Israel would free hundreds of terrorists and freeze construction in Judea and Samaria, while the Palestinian Authority (PA) would suspend some requests to join international conventions, made last Tuesday in breach of talk conditions. A US official later denied the reports as "incorrect."

Speaking about the alliance with America, Muskal said it should be "taken in proportion." He noted "in World War II, (the Americans) didn't have any intention of saving Jews, and there was no American desire for (former Prime Minister David) Ben-Gurion to declare a Jewish state in the land of Israel."

The objectives of US Secretary of State John Kerry and US President Barack Obama were cast into doubt by Muskal.

"The bereaved families don't really interest Kerry," accused the bereaved father. "It appears he's trying to pave his path to the White House via Stockholm. Obama already got himself a Nobel Prize for trying to establish an Arab state within the land of Israel, now Kerry is doing it at the cost of the bereaved parents."

Echoing Senator John McCain's (R-AZ) criticism calling Obama the "most naive president in history," Muskal noted "for three decades the Americans haven't understood the situation, not in Europe and not in the land of Israel. Today too, Obama and Kerry don't understand the Middle East."

Obama and Kerry "demonstrate maliciousness in everything concerning Pollard," charged the bereaved father.

The deal would only bring more murders

Muskal, who engages in various activities to commemorate IDF war dead and terror victims, warned that the release of hundreds of terrorists, some of them with Israeli citizenship, would simply lead to a rise in terror and additional murders.

"No one disagrees with the need to return to us every Jew in distress and captivity," noted Muskal, while adding that Obama is using Pollard "only to extort concessions from (Prime Minister Binyamin) Netanyahu, who has already proven submission with Gilad Shalit."

In the name of the bereaved parents, Muksal called on Netanyahu to stand firm, saying " if he will concede, government ministers will know to stand in the breach so that between the sea and the Jordan there will continue to exist only one, Jewish, state."