IDF Seeks to Keep Rearrested Shalit Terrorists in Jail

IDF convenes discussions to cancel Shalit deal and ensure re-arrested terrorists stay in prison.

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The IDF said Thursday evening that it has held discussions on toughening the conditions of terrorists who were re-arrested in recent days, who had been released in the deal to free Gilad Shalit three years ago.

According to the deal, Israel agreed not to re-arrest the released terrorists if they did not engage in terror acts again. In recent days the IDF re-arrested 58 of the terrorists as part of its crackdown on the Hamas terrorist organization that kidnapped three Israeli teens two weeks ago - now the army is discussing canceling the previous deal.

Those arrested were among the 1,027 terrorists released as part of an exchange for the abducted soldier Shalit.

Their release came in the framework of pardons by outgoing President Shimon Peres, and through the discussions of a special release committee headed by a retired regional judge. Other terrorists were released through the order of an IDF general, after deliberation in an administrative committee headed by a military judge.

A special military court has been convened to deal with the matter, the IDF spokesperson said. The army has already submitted 23 requests to cancel the conditions applying to Shalit deal terrorists on those arrested, and IDF attorneys are planning more requests.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein submitted a request on Tuesday to cancel the re-release of ten of the terrorists released in the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner swap, who were recently recaptured.

The Attorney General's call came on the heels of the arrest of another terrorist prisoner released in the Shalit deal, who went on to murder Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi Hy''d, as the latter was travelling with his pregnant wife and three of his children near Hevron right before Passover in April.

After the attack, the terrorist reportedly told his son that his motive for murdering Mizrahi was religious, and that "according to the religion of Islam, everyone who kills a Jews goes to paradise." Mizrahi's widow Hadas responded to the arrest, saying her husband would still be alive if terrorists were not released.