Former MK Michael Ben-Ari on Sunday night expressed sharp criticism at the “kid glove” treatment the wife of Palestinian Authority chief Mahmous Abbas was getting at one Israel's top hospitals. “Our pity and caring for our enemies shows how stupid we really are. While our kidnapped boys are sitting in the shadow of death, the wife of the shepherd of these terrorists is getting the best of care from us.”
Media reports Sunday said that wife of Abbas was convalescing in Tel Aviv's Assuta hospital after undergoing foot surgery. The report by Yeditot Aharonot said that Abbas' wife was being held under heavy security in a private room, with no roommates. She is said to have undergone a knee transplant.
News of the hospitalization comes as Israeli forces deseperately conduct an intensive search for three missing Israeli teens, Eyal Yifrah (19), Naftali Frenkel (16) and Gilad Sha'ar (16). In a statement Saturday night, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that the ultimate responsibility for the return of the boys lay with Abbas. The Prime Minister said that he had “demanded that the Palestinian Authority, headed by Abu Mazen (Abbas) - from whose territory the kidnappers came - do whatever necessary to help the hostages get home safely. That is the Palestinian Authority's responsibility.”
Ben-Ari suggested keeping her in a “dark cell,” similar to the ones the youths were most likely being held in. “It's time for us to show the world that we, too, care about our children,” he said.
“Prime Minister Netanyahu would never think of sending his wife to Gaza for treatment. Only the terrorist Abbas, who is responsible for the kidnappings, knows that she will get the best care from Israel. Of course, she will get the special care Israel reserved for terrorists and their families,” Ben-Ari added.