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Kerry’s Push to Release Palestinian Terrorists ^ | June 24, 2013 | P. David Hornik

Posted on 06/24/2013 4:49:30 AM PDT by SJackson

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Kerry’s Push to Release Palestinian Terrorists

Posted By P. David Hornik On June 24, 2013 @ 12:30 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment

Two months ago I reported here that Secretary of State John Kerry was—in the immediate aftermath of the Boston Marathon terror attack—pressuring Israel to release heinous terrorists from prison.

The rationale: such a release was being demanded by Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, and would get him to resume peace negotiations with Israel after stonewalling them for four years.

It was reported at the time that the Israeli government was against the idea.

Kerry is set to return to Israel and the Palestinian Authority in late June—his fifth visit since taking office—for yet another round of trying to wheedle and propitiate Abbas into consenting to negotiate with Israel.

And again—at least according to some worried Israeli Knesset members—releasing terrorists may be on the agenda.

On Sunday Israel National News reported that

The Land of Israel Lobby in the Knesset…has sprung into action with a new proposal aimed at ending the phenomenon of prime ministers releasing terrorists from prison as a “goodwill gesture.”

…The new proposal comes as rumors abound that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is planning to release roughly 100 terrorists as a goodwill gesture to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Since Israeli prisoner releases have to be approved by the president—currently Shimon Peres—the proposal would deny the president the right to do so except in cases of early releases for humanitarian reasons or releases as part of swaps for captive Israelis.

In fact, a poll earlier this month found that 85 percent of Israeli Jews oppose releasing terrorists as a gesture to enable negotiations.

The Israel National News report, however, gives a list of the members of Knesset who so far have signed the proposal. It turns out that all of them are either from the right-of-center Likud and Bayit Yehudi/Jewish Home parties (which are part of the governing coalition) or the right-leaning Shas and Torah Judaism religious parties (which are not).

In other words, it appears—at least so far—that all of the centrist and moderate-left MKs (whether from inside or outside the coalition) are out of step with most of their voters in being prepared to accept a terrorists-for-talks swap.

As for Netanyahu, it’s to be hoped that the abovementioned rumors about his own readiness for such a “gesture” are wrong.

Netanyahu has already gone far in adjusting his policies to pressures from the Obama administration—by repeatedly pronouncing himself in favor of a Palestinian state that would be demilitarized under Israeli supervision and recognize Israel as a Jewish state, and by, in his previous term, ordering a ten-month settlement freeze that was also aimed at getting Abbas to negotiate.

Those moves are defensible as means to keep U.S.-Israeli relations on track at a time of heightened regional threats and intensified U.S.-Israeli security cooperation.

Freeing murderers from prison as a way of appeasing Abbas, however, would not be justified in those terms. If there is a case where Netanyahu has to substitute principle for realpolitik, this is it.

The average Israeli citizen knows that such a release of terrorists would be both morally repugnant and, pragmatically speaking, an oxymoron. Terror and peace don’t go together; terror does not lead to peace. Israel learned that very painfully in what was known as the Oslo process. Apart from the specific dangers entailed, Abbas, in making such a demand, is signaling something other than a genuine interest in peace.

U.S.-Israeli relations won’t collapse if, on this one, Netanyahu stands firm against Kerry. With Syria seething, Iraq exploding, Jordan and Lebanon endangered, Israel’s indispensability as an island of stability and military and intelligence capabilities is too great for that. If a left-leaning U.S. administration and left-leaning elements in Israel are incapable of dissociating terror and peace, Netanyahu’s task as leader of the Israeli people is to insist on keeping them separate.

TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror

1 posted on 06/24/2013 4:49:30 AM PDT by SJackson
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2 posted on 06/24/2013 4:50:59 AM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: SJackson

John helped out the enemy during the Vietnam war—why would anybody think that he wouldn’t do the same for us now?

Kerry—FOREVER on the ‘other side’.

3 posted on 06/24/2013 5:04:49 AM PDT by Flintlock ("The redcoats are coming" -- TO SEIZE OUR GUNS!!--Paul Revere)
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To: SJackson
Like the idiots at State, they keep going back to the same old tired formula:

1) Arabs: “Oh, oh, the sky is falling, the window for peace is closing”...

2) US Secretary's of State: “Oh, my goodness, time is running out”! Israel! Do something, release murderers with blood on their hands as a goodwill gesture to the Palestinians”.

3) Israel: “What?, release murderers AGAIN, for the 467th time”?

4) US Sec. of State:, “Israel you better do it, or else”.

5) Israel:, “...or what”? “What do we get out of the deal”

6) US Sec.: Nothing, time is running out, hurry, hurry, release the murderers, oops I mean the poor little Palestinian diddums”.

7) Israel: “John, we can't do that, these guys will go out and kill again”.

8) US Sec.: “Never mind, Abbas is mad and worried that Peace will not happen unless you (Israel) give up everything FIRST, before the Palestinians even sit and the farce of a negotiating table”.

9) “Israel OK John, just send us more Bunker Busters”.

10) Sec. of State: “OK, good, open those prison doors”.

Boom! Blam! Blam! Blam! Kaboom! Crash...UGH! MDJ (More Dead Jews)

4 posted on 06/24/2013 5:14:08 AM PDT by Netz (Netz)
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To: SJackson

Kerry the Medal Thrower wants everything to go his way without any resistance, in that, by the end of the day he comes out looking like a hero. That same mindset might have earned him his throw-away medals from Vietnam....but it won’t work with Islamic terrorists!

I had the misfortune of meeting this stuck up POS back in 2006 during a diplomatic visit - my guys, the ones with Blackwater all over there gear - we doing his PSD during a regional embassy visit in Al Hillah - I was waiting at the front door - he looked down all smug at my BW polo - walked right by my out stretched hand and up to a little E-5 from Hawaii - spun her around with arm around her shoulder — and the press clicked away...he was there to get dirt on the war in Iraq to use it against President Bush...he didn’t get anything from us that day...he might be tall - but he’s a coward!

5 posted on 06/24/2013 5:23:29 AM PDT by BCW ( - A real life experience book about the war in Iraq)
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Kerry is a prick first class.
Everyone in the Navy knew it.

6 posted on 06/24/2013 5:41:01 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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Boston’s Howie Carr often lampoons JFKerry. He uses the phrase, “Do you know who I am?” which he attributes to an inebriated line jumping Kerry at some venue I’ve forgotten. He also calls him “Live shot” for his love of the TV cameras.

7 posted on 06/24/2013 7:16:35 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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