Netanyahu: Prisoners’ Release Is A Necessary Evil


netanyahu“Ordering the Palestinian prisoners’ release has been one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make as prime minister,” Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu said, following the political and public firestorm created by the government’s decision to forge ahead with the second phase of the goodwill gesture assured to the Palestinian Authority ahead of the resumption of the peace talks in August.

As the stalled peace talks resumed, Israel pledged to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, in four stages. The 26 prisoners included in the second phase of the plan are scheduled to be released late Tuesday night.

“I am sure that any prime minister who has ever had to make a similar decision in the past has agonized over it as well, given the injustice of seeing these heinous murderers freed before they have finished serving their sentences in full,” Netanyahu said.

“My heart goes out to the bereaved families. This decision was a necessary evil, dictated by the reality we live in. We must navigate a complex international arena that presents us with multiple challenges. It mandates that we consider various factors and do what is best for the State of Israel.”

According to an Israel Radio report, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz added that from a strategic perspective, the price of a settlement construction freeze is much higher than the price of releasing prisoners.

Netanyahu also slammed a move led by Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett, whose party presented the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee with a bill meant to prevent the future release of any Palestinian prisoners in similar gestures.

“Once the government has made a decision, all government members must act responsibly and sensibly, and maintain a long-term perspective,” he said.

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  1. Whilst we may appreciate what Bibi is saying here, the thing that bothers everyone is the complete lack of ANY sign of goodwill gesture by the other side, such as holding back the violence so that the Israelis can live in peace and indeed any word of acceptance of Israel’s right to exist.By all means make concessions buts lets see something, anything from them.

  2. Something tells me that he is never going to work up the guts to attack Iran. I think that he is a big bluffer and is full of hot air. He will end up being the same disappointment that he was his first time as prime minister. I wish I will have to eventually eat these words, but I doubt it.

  3. This is why the Torah says no foreign leaders no foreign money, and Bib’s government has both no, nos. Bibi bows to Lobama and his money that is being sent to Israel. When will Israel learn when you vote for the same people all the time you get the same result, look at the United States we have people that are in congress that have seen presidents children have nerver even learned about, yet there they are senile and still voting in congress.