UPDATES 10 am Israel time, Tuesday, July 23 2013:
*Multiple attacks have taken place overnight in Judea and Samaria with IDF soldiers, Israeli security personnel, and Jewish community members assaulted with “rocks” and Molotov cocktails. Early this morning, the IDF managed to capture one Palestinian terrorist in central Hebron carrying 3 Molotov cocktails and a gas canister.
*The Palestinians are still playing hard to get this morning–trying to wring the maximum concessions out of Benjamin Netanyahu before heading off to Washington, D.C. to wring more concession out of Benjamin Netanyahu. Nabil Abu Rudeineh and Yasser Abed Rabbo both have declared that, contrary to what John Kerry announced, no agreement has been reached on starting “peace negotiations”. According to these PLO spokesmen, the only thing Mahmoud Abbas has agreed to do is to continue “low level preliminary talks”.
*Meanwhile, Netanyahu’s coalition began to show fracture lines yesterday over two issues: the release of Palestinian prisoners (see today’s blog), and Netanyahu’s proposal to hold a referendum at the conclusion of negotiations with the Palestinians in order to ratify the agreement (amazing how Netanyahu seems to already know he will reach an agreement).
So-called Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Labor party head Shelly Yachimovich led the charge against the proposed referendum yesterday with Livni remarkably proclaiming that the Israeli people should not be asked to make such a decision: “The public elected us [the government] to make the courageous decisions.” Your humble servant would like to inform the craven Ms. Livni that no one elected her to give away anything.
Squarely on the other side is Naftali Bennett who declared yesterday that unless a referendum bill was brought before the Knesset immediately his party would withdraw its support for the current budget. Why immediately you ask? Because nobody trusts Benjamin Netanyahu to keep his word.
Regular readers of israelstreet know that in 2010, the Knesset passed a “Referendum Law”. According to that Law:
If fewer than 80 Knesset members vote in favor of any peace agreement that involves giving up “sovereign Israeli territory”, the peace agreement must be approved by referendum. “Sovereign Israeli territory” refers specifically to any land-swap deal, the Golan Heights, and Jerusalem (the latter two having been annexed to Israel). It does not refer to Judea and Samaria.
The new proposal from Bennett’s party would turn the Referendum Law into a Basic Law giving it the force of a constitutional law meaning that it could only be canceled by a majority of 61 Knesset members and would include provisions about Judea and Samaria.
Your humble servant continues to be aghast at the fact that PM Netanyahu has agreed to release Palestinian terrorists order to get Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO to talk to him–so aghast that he will be heading to Jerusalem on Thursday to join a protest in front of Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence.
The sheer audacity involved in the U.S. demand to release these terrorists is simply disgusting–and even more abominable than we were at first led to believe.
Yesterday morning, israelstreet reported that Netanyahu spokesman Yuval Steinetz had said that 82 prisoners would be released and some of them would be “heavyweights”–in other words that a few “hardcore” prisoners will be released.
By evening yesterday, we found out that this was a bald-faced lie.
Ami Palmor, the head of the Israel Pardons Department of Tzipi Livni’s Justice Ministry, announced in the Knesset that all 82 of the prisoners to be released are serving life sentences, and that all 82 are murderers with “blood on their hands.”
As of last night, a few of the names of those to be released were revealed.
They include terrorists who butchered two Israeli civilians by stabbing them to death and then cutting off their ears as trophies (the dead were David Dadi and Chaim Weitzman), and numerous murderers of Israeli soldiers.
But here are two specific examples:
*It was April 11, 1987. The Moses family were out happily shopping for the Passover holiday. As they drove through the Palestinian settlement of Habla, Daoud Adal Hasan Mahmad threw a Molotov cocktail into their car.
The car instantly burst into flames. After a frantic struggle, the father was able to get his three children out of the car. However, his wife Ofra’s seatbelt could not be unfastened and she burned alive in front of her children. Of the children who escaped, Adi was horribly burned and disfigured, and Tal–the Moses’ family 5 year old son–died of his wounds two months later in the hospital.
For his terrorist crime, Daoud Adal Hassan Mahmad was sentenced to life in prison.
*One year later, in 1988, Rachel Wiess and her three children Ephraim, Rafael, and Netanel, were riding on a bus through the Jordan Valley from Beit Shean to Jerualem. Near Jericho, Adam Ibrahim Juma’a aimed a Molotov cocktail at the window where he could see Rachel’s face and hurled it at her.
The seats that Rachel and the children were in immediately caught fire and they all burned to death. In the chaos that followed, an Israeli soldier, David DeLarosa, heroically tried to enter the burning bus to save the family. He also died later at a hospital.
For his terrorist crime, Adam Ibrahim Juma’a received a sentence of life in prison.
In sum, why is it that Israelis are always expected to release such terrorists? Why do the lives of Israelis have to be put at risk to placate a gang of thugs in Ramallah? Your humble servant just doesn’t get it.
Have you no decency, Mr. Prime Minister?
**Addendum: Daoud Adal Hasan Mahmad and Adam Ibrahim Juma’a are two of the Palestinian government’s highest paid “workers”, receiving their salary for the their heroic service to “Palestine.”