Saturday, April 26, 2008

Middle East Logic: Terrorists Pardoned, Innocent Israelis Kept Hostage

Primerprez asks: "Why does Israel pardon terrorists and release prisoners while Eldad Regev, Ehud Goldwasser and Gilad Shalit are kept hostage by Hamas and Hezbollah?

The Palestinian Arabs minimally should have to make good will gestures, starting with the freeing of those hostages, before getting any more concessions from Israel.

Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades operatives disarmed, put on probation, then pardoned as part of amnesty agreement between Israel, PA

Ali Waked

Israel agreed to pardon 10 more wanted gunmen from al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, Fatah's military wing, as decided during a security meeting between Israeli representatives and Palestinians.

The amnesty was granted to men who refrained from terrorist acts and honored an agreement, which commanded them to disarm and spend a probation period living under harsh conditions in Palestinian prisons. At least 17 of the pardoned men are from Nablus.

Israel has also decided to extend the probation periods of 150 other wanted men, who will have to prove that they are no longer involved in anti-Israel activities.

The amnesty agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority commenced in July of last year, and stated that Israel would grant amnesty to 240 al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades gunmen, who would disarm and enter into a probation period of three months, which Israel could extend as it saw fit, and during which they were to prove that they were no longer involved in terrorist activities.

After the first three months Israel decided to extend the probation period of all of the wanted men for another three months, after which 32 men were pardoned and allowed free.

One month ago 36 more men were pardoned, and since then the Palestinians have expressed satisfaction with the agreement, and said that the wanted men involved in the program were extremely committed to it.

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