Interior Minister (Shas) Eli Yishai is now moving to have 12 Jews who murdered Arabs released as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal, which will result in letting 1,027 terrorists walk out of prison, including Israeli Arab citizens.
While some commend Yishai’s act, others point out he is not genuine for if he was, this would have been a stipulation prior to Shas ministers voting to approve the deal. Now, it may be nothing more than a media ploy, a gesture to the right-wing.
Such a list would include:
Ami Popper: He wore an IDF uniform 20 May 1990 and asked men waiting at a bus stop in of Rishon L’Tzion for their identity cards.
After confirming they were Arabs he lined them up and opened fire, killing seven. He was taken into custody shortly after the act. He also stated that he had been raped by an Arab when he was 13 and had committed these killings out of shame and a desire for revenge as well as in response to the attacks related to the so-called First Intifada.
Shlomo Dvir & Yarden Morag: They were apprehended after placing a large bomb near an Arab girl’s school in the eastern capital in October 2002, members of what was called the Bat Ayin terror cell.
Ofir Gamliel: A member of t he Bat Ayin terror cell, sentenced to a 15-year term in 2002.
There are also border policeman imprisoned for avenging the murders of 11 Israelis on Worshipper’s Path in Hebron. On Nov 15, 2002, twelve people – 9 soldiers and three civilians from the Kiryat Arba emergency response team were killed and 15 others wounded Friday night in Hebron when terrorists opened fire and threw grenades at a group of Jewish worshipers and their guards as they were walking home from kabolas Shabbos at the Machpelah. The dead included civilian mispallalim and soldiers, some of whom were caught in an ambush as they pursued the attackers. Three terrorists were killed in the attack, which was claimed by the Islamic Jihad.
The victims of that attack were:
Colonel Dror Weinberg, 38, of Jerusalem; Border Police officer Ch.-Supt. Samih Sweidan, 31, of Arab al-Aramsha; Sgt. Tomer Nov, 19, of Ashdod; Sgt. Gad Rachamim, 19, of Kiryat Malachi; St.-Sgt. Netanel Machluf, 19, of Hadera; St.-Sgt. Yeshayahu Davidov, 20, of Netanya; Sgt. Igor Drobitsky, 20, of Nahariya; Cpl. David Marcus, 20, of Maale Adumim; and Lt. Dan Cohen, 22, of Jerusalem.
The three civilian members of the Kiryat Arba emergency response team killed were Yitzhak Buanish, 46; Alexander Zwitman, 26; and Alexander Dohan, 33.
(Published on 1st Day Chol Hamoed in Eretz Yisrael)
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)