UPDATES 7 pm Israel time Wednesday:
Scattered violence has occurred in the last three hours with “rock” throwing near Gush Etzion and elsewhere. On the border with Syria, there are more reports of Al-Qaeda setting up a string of bases. Along the Gaza border, Palestinians have staged several “marches” to the border fence near Khan Younis.
Let’s see if we can get these facts straight today:
1. Ayman Abu Daoud, a Palestinian terrorist, was involved in a terror cell that carried out four separate shootings of Israelis in and around Hebron during the second intifada (2000-2005). One of his victims was an Israeli policeman whom he critically wounded.
2. Daoud was finally captured, tried, convicted and sentenced to 35 years in prison.
3. Daoud was then released in the Gilad Shalit exchange in 2011. He still had 28 years remaining on his sentence. He signed a promise not to return to terrorism upon penalty of being returned to prison to serve out his sentence.
4. He was rearrested on February 13, 2012 on charges of attempted murder, taken to court, and returned to prison. Under the terms of his previous release, Daoud was supposed to serve out the 28 years of his previous sentence.
5. Fourteen months later on April 14, 2013, Daoud embarked upon a hunger strike. He suddenly became the heroic cause celebre of all the anti-Israeli NGOs and bloggers throughout the world (try googling his name and you will see what your humble servant means).
6. Yesterday, IDF Central Commander Nitzan Alon bizarrely announced his decision to pardon Daoud primarily on the basis that Daoud would be 63 years old when he is supposed to be released in 2038.
7. Part of the deal is that Daoud will be sent to Gaza for 10 years, during which time Daoud has promised not to return to Hebron.
Can you believe this? Here we have a Palestinian terrorist who directly took part in attempts to kill Israelis only to be released in the Gilad Shalit exchange (upon the promise to not engage in more terrorism). He then immediately returned to terrorism, was captured again, and returned to prison. And now, he is to be released again? On a promise not to return to Hebron?
What in the world has gone wrong? Why in the world is IDF Commander Nitzan Alon being allowed to make such egregious decisions?
Ayman Yousef Ahmad Abu Daoud should have rotted in prison–along with every other Palestinian terrorist who is on a hunger strike or not. Instead, he will soon be free to kill Israelis again.
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