The question an MK asked a grieving father

Father of victim of terrorist attack recalls callousness of MK following his son's death.

Shimon Cohen ,

Ron Kehrmann
Ron Kehrmann
Flash 90

Today is the 14th anniversary of the Haifa bus 37 suicide bombing, in which an Arab terrorist blew up a bus in the northern city of Haifa, killing 17 passengers and injuring over 50 people.

Among the victims was 17 year old Haifa resident Tal Kehrmann. Arutz Sheva sat down with Tal's father, Ron Kehrmann, who, along with other parents of terror victims, led the campaign against the release of terrorist from prison.

"Our struggle was not directed against the family itself," Kehrmann said of his fight to prevent the Shalit Deal, the release of more than 1,000 terrorists, some with blood on their hands, in exchange for IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been illegally held captive by the Hamas terrorist organization without access to the International Red Cross from 2006 until 2011. "Instead, we turned to the politicians and the decision makers."

"We voted on different ways to release the captive soldier instead of surrendering and releasing 1027 terrorists, and then another 20 terrorists," Kerhmann said. "We suggested that the Bank of Israel not allow the replacement of old coins from Gaza with New Israeli Shekels (NIS). We proposed that that the shipping of washing machines [to Gaza] be stopped [in order to put pressure on Hamas to release Shalit] without surrendering and releasing thousands of terrorists, which endangers Israeli citizens. And [our warnings about the dangers of the mass release of terrorists] proved to be accurate. Seven people have been killed [by freed terrorists] and the new leader of Hamas is a man freed in the deal. Today we cry over spilled milk."

Kerhmann recounted the question one MK, who is still serving in the Knesset today, asked him after the attack in which his son was murdered. "How many people do you represent?" the MK asked.

"When I heard that question I realized what counted to him. I didn't have the price he wanted, and I realized that the session was over. It is a question that has echoed in my ears for 14 years, and I have learned that there are very few politicians with whom it is possible to talk about concrete matters,"