Terrorist Prisoners (illustrative)
Terrorist Prisoners (illustrative) Israel news photo: Flash 90

Despite Israel's best efforts, Arab terrorist prisoner Samar Issawi is refusing medical treatment despite doctors' determination that he needs medical help. Issawi, who is in an Israeli prison after his arrest for planning, aiding, and participating in acts of terrorism against Israelis, has been on a hunger strike for over five months.

Issawi is now in an Israeli hospital, sent there by medical staff at Ofer Prison, where he was serving the remainder of a 26-year sentence for shooting at Israeli cars in Judea and Samaria.

He was previously released early as part of the deal to free kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, on condition that he stay out of Judea and Samaria. However, he was caught last year at a checkpoint near Jerusalem, in violation of his terms, and was sent back to prison to complete his sentence.

Doctors at Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot have Issawi under observation. He is in stable condition, doctors said.

Two other terrorists being treated in Israeli hospitals, Tarak Hussein and Jafar a-Zadin, have agreed to end their hunger strike and received treatment at Assaf Harofeh Hospital. They started their hunger strike last December.