Attorney-General Seeks to Jail 10 Terrorists Released in Schalit Deal
Yehuda Weinstein asks Prison Service Parole Board to incarcerate 10 terrorists re-arrested as part of Operation Brother’s Keeper, for violating their release agreements • State: Dangerous prisoners’ sentences were commuted due to Hamas extortion.
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein has recommended the re-incarceration of 10 former security prisoners who were released as part of the Schalit deal, filing a legal brief to that effect with the Israel Prison Service Parole Board on Tuesday.
The 2011 prisoner exchange, which secured the release of Hamas captive IDF solider Gilad Schalit, saw the release of 1,027 Palestinian security prisoners, including 280 terrorists serving life sentences.
As part of the presidential pardon granted to security prisoners included in such deals, they are required to sign a binding legal agreement stating that they will relinquish any terror activity.
The 10 Palestinians in question were re-arrested as part of Operation Brother’s Keeper, meant to rescue abducted Israeli teens Gil-ad Shaer, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frenkel. According to the state’s brief, all were found to be in clear violation of their release agreements, and should therefore be jailed and made to serve the remainder of their original sentences.
“As part of the Schalit deal, hundreds of dangerous security prisoners, whose sentences were commuted due to Hamas’ extortion of the state, were released. The state seeks to impose the terms of the release, in full, as stipulated in the agreement,” a statement issued by the State Attorney’s Office said.
“We are aware that over the past 18 months there has been a deterioration in the security situation and an increase in terrorist activity against Israeli citizens, including a steady increase in shooting attacks and abduction attempts, and other terrorist activity,” the statement said.
Meir Indor, head of the Almagor Terror Victims Association, urged the government “to do some soul-searching. It pains us to say we were right, but Almagor has always warned that the price [of releasing terrorists] would be abductions and murders and we got both, ” he said, referring to the murder of high-ranking police officer Baruch Mizrahi in a shooting attack in April, for which Hamas operative Ziad Awad, who was freed in the Schalit deal, was indicted on Tuesday.
The IPS parole board is scheduled to hear the state’s motion on Thursday.