PM: Rabbi Chai, Shalit Linked

Prime Minister notes that one of the terrorists who murdered Rabbi Chai on Thursday had been released from an Israeli jail.

Gil Ronen , | updated: 19:16

Guns found in terrorists' possession
Guns found in terrorists' possession
Israel news photo: IDF Spokesman

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu drew a connection Sunday morning between the successful military operation against the murderers of Rabbi Meir Chai on Thursday and the proposed release of hundreds of terrorists in return for captive soldier Gilad Shalit.

At the start of the weekly government session Netanyahu said that he wishes to congratulate the Shin Bet and the IDF on “their speedy action against the terror cell that carried out the attack against Rabbi Meir Chai of blessed memory.”

"The policy against terror is clear,” he said. “We will continue to aggressively defend and respond to any attack on Israeli citizens and any rocket fire at Israel.”   

'No Deal Right Now'
The Prime Minister made a connection between the murder of Rabbi Chai and the Shalit deal, noting that one of the terrorists who participated in the murder and were eliminated by the IDF had recently been released from an Israeli jail. He added that in a deal for Shalit, Israel will insist that the terrorists it releases not go back to terror activity “in the field.”

Regarding the Shalit negotiations, Netanyahu added that “right now there is no deal [for an exchange] and it is not clear at all if there will be one. It is clear that if we reach a practical proposal, I will bring it before the government, but we are still not there and I do not know if we will be there.”  

The Prime Minister also said that he would be traveling to Egypt to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday, and that the meeting was requested by Israel. “We are interested in advancing the peace process in various ways,” he said. “Egyptian Intelligence Minister Omar Suleiman was here. I will continue this important dialogue.” Netanyahu said that he asked the Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Binyamin Ben-Eliezer of the Labor party to join him on the visit to Egypt.