Kerry’s Shocking Demand to Israel: Free Terrorists

DownloadedFileIt may seem amazing, but in the wake of the Boston attack the Obama administration is pressuring Israel to free terrorists guilty of particularly heinous acts of murder.

On Wednesday the Knesset “discussed America’s demand that Israel release terrorists as a good will gesture to the Palestinian Authority.” The demand is part of intensive efforts by Secretary of State John Kerry to revive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on a peace settlement—efforts that are amazing in their own right considering that the Palestinian Authority has consistently shown for 20 years that it is incapable of accepting Israel and not interested in a state “living in peace” beside it.

Kerry—with Iran at the brink of a nuclear capability, Syria a maelstrom of clashing terror factions, Egypt close to economic collapse, and North Korea threatening nuclear aggression—has in recent weeks been meeting with PA president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, Riyadh, Amman, and Istanbul.

Abbas’s preconditions for resuming negotiations are the same as they have been for years: Israel committing beforehand to a withdrawal to indefensible borders, prohibiting Jewish building in Judea, Samaria, and parts of Jerusalem, and releasing terrorists from prison. Israel is reportedly, at this point, rejecting all these demands.

The Obama administration is also “preparing a multi-billion dollar economic initiative that would bring international businesses and major infrastructure projects to the West Bank”—again, nothing essentially new but, rather, part of a 20-year tradition of Israeli, U.S., and European efforts to bribe the Palestinians into adopting Western norms and practices of peace, prosperity, and tolerance.

Meanwhile the terrorists the U.S. is pushing Israel to release include the killers of:

Amnon Pomerantz, stoned by a mob in Gaza in 1990 and then burned to death in his car

Yigal Vaknin, stabbed to death in an orchard in 1993

Rachel Weiss and her three young sons Ephraim, Netanel, and Raphael, all burned to death in a firebomb attack on a bus in the Jordan Valley in 1988.

Menachem Stern, a 64-year-old acclaimed historian stabbed to death in Jerusalem in 1989

And, again, it is unsurprising and “traditional” that freeing terrorists is seen as the way to propitiate Abbas, who systematically instills a cult of hero-worship of terrorists and most recently officially honored a terrorist named Issa Abd Rabbo who, in 1984:

killed two Israeli university students, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, who were hiking south of Jerusalem. At gun point he tied them up, put bags over their heads and then shot and murdered both. He is serving two life sentences in an Israeli prison….

It is, sadly enough, a bipartisan tradition, with then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice having been full of praise in August 2008 for a release by the left-leaning Olmert government of 198 Palestinian security prisoners including two convicted murderers—then, too, as a “gesture” to Abbas.

On Wednesday in the Knesset, Ofer Akunis, a deputy minister from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud minister, claimed Israel has no intention of complying with Kerry and releasing the terrorists. MK Orit Struk of the Bayit Yehudi party, part of the governing coalition, called the demand

shocking…not just because of the danger that these terrorists will return to terrorist activity once they are released, but because the release of terrorists is an energizing shot of encouragement to terror and terrorists.

It seems obvious enough. It is true that Israel has itself freed many terrorists as ransom for Israeli soldiers or civilians held by terror organizations—sometimes, in my view, justified as a lesser evil than abandoning the captives to their fate. Freeing terrorists to butter-up the likes of Abbas is a different matter, especially when called for by leaders of a democracy that is itself subject to terror.

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  • truebearing

    What?!? Kerry didn't demand that Israel share half of its nuclear weapons with the Palestinians? Has he gone soft?

    The Obama administration gets more bizarre by the day. They are now trying to force sovereign nations to pardon murderers. This should make every American extremely concerned and expecting the worst. This demand is nothing short of evil.

    • Cassandra

      I agree with you and Kerry is just a scumbag. Israel SHOULD NOT release the criminals. This would not improve peace at all but to the contrary empower the enemy. Muslims only understand force and the Israelis know that. Kerry should know that but what do you expect the way he turned his coat on his fellow soldiers after Vietnam. Kerry is an extraordinary despicable character.

    • Bert

      I am disgusted with Israeli groveling. It is not enough to merely decline Kerry's outrageous demands. Israel should castigate Kerry in public and make her own set of demands including immediate U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel and the immediate release of Jonathan Pollard or else Israel will accelerate her expansion into ALL of Judea and Samaria. The moral rot within the Jewish leadership in both Israel and the U.S. is a large part of the problem.

      • truebearing

        Israel doesn't have a lot of options, and neither does the world, though awareness of that fact eludes the majority of so-called leaders.
        Anyone who believes human leadership will save us is truly without faith, and probably joking.

  • Mary Sue

    Kerry's brain dead leftist cozying up to the wrong people strikes again!

  • Joseph E

    Outrageous Islamist Abbas extortions, Disgusting radical Kerry conduct; revolting Israeli policy of dhimmitude. Politicians & officials must not appropriate to themselves authority that violate norms & Law .
    Law & order must be asserted .All the involved in promoting the release of Jihadists should be removed from office, put on public trial, & sent to jail.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    David, surely we are both aware of Obama Inc's coddling of terrorists, as well as Israel's (political) penchant for appeasement. In other words, while the Islamist-in-Chief will stoop to every level to ensure that Israel is destroyed (yes, that's his end goal) , this doesn't excuse Israel's capitulating hand. Not at all – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/15/israels-ship-

    Israel's ship of fools needs a FULL airing….

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • kathy

    What a morass of stupidity our government has become under O and company! This traitor to America (Kerry) should have been prosecuted, not put in a position of power. Thank G0d Israel has the sense to see through his game. These communists in our government, with their idealistic insanity, shame us “normal” Americans. They are immoral liars, every one of them! STAND STRONG ISRAEL! The American patriots and Congress are behind you and praying for you!

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  • Nehama

    Bibi will, as usual, surrender to American pressure, just like he did a few weeks ago when Obama made him appologize and offer blood-money to Turkey in the Marmara case. Right-thinking members of the Knesset must kick up a serious stink about this and make sure Bibi's spine doesn't collapse again. Obama clearly has some useful leverage on Bibi, but he can't risk being seen to openly go against the will of the people of a sovereign that has much support in the USA – ergo, the will of the Israeli people must stated loudly and clearly enough that the people of America can hear it.

  • Rifleman

    What has Kerry and the Obama administration demanded of the palis for peace? Nothing. Like with Kerry's boss, the palis don't have to compromise anything,

    Israel should execute every Illegal combatant in their custody. They are almost as bad as we are, about playing the terrorists' 'game' instead of running their own war on the terrorists.

  • Alvaro

    Better keep them locked up. They are not only a danger to others, but sometimes also to themselves
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbXCoggHoaQ

  • Rod Almond

    Perhaps they should be handed over to this administration's custody, per request of being released, and be kept under house arrest in the private quarters of the White House? What is that saying again: "They are in bed together?" Our taxed money is being ripped from us to support them, build them up as a society, while at the same time our politicians are systematically passing "laws" which shred our economy and are destroying it. What is that saying again: "They are in bed together?"

  • Raymond in DC

    The US requested even a small gesture from Saudi Arabia toward Israel to move the "peace process" forward; they said no. The US begged the Palestinian Authority not to seek recognition from the UN; they went ahead anyway. The US requested that Turkey's Erdogan not travel to Gaza; they acted offended and insisted the trip will take place. They all say no to such US requests because they pay no price for acting contrary to US interests. Saudi Arabia still gets all the arms they want. The PA gets more political and budgetary aid. And Turkey not only retains its role in NATO but is granted a lead role in the region.

    The only party in the region that pays heed to the US is … Israel. So that's where maximum pressure is exerted. Maintaining the US relationship is deemed by the mainstream a "strategic interest", and they know the price for "insulting" the US by, for example, building housing for Jews in the wrong place. They end up with senior US officials suggesting Israel -and only Israel – needs to demonstrate their commitment to peace. And the pressure for an undeserved "apology" to Turkey. (And where is the US when Turkey reneges on reconciliation? Why isn't that deemed an insult to the US?) That's how ridiculous it's become.

  • EDWARD KOPELMAN

    SURE, ISRAEL SHOULD RELEASE ALL THOSE KILLERS (TO KILL ISRAELIS AGAIN) … WHAT ABOUT THE U.S. RELEASING JOHNATHAN POLLARD, WHO MADE A GOOD-FAITH DEAL WITH THE GOVERNMENT, ONLY TO BE BUSHWHACKED BY THE COURT SYSTEM AND OUR ATTORNEY GENERAL…(POLLARD, A MAN WHO NEVER KILLED ANYONE!)

    • Greg

      Or Wayne Crosley up in Montana. Screwed for life for angering an ex-wife.

  • DDay66

    How about we trade one of these scum-bags in exchange for all of Jerusalem including the Temple Mount. We will release the others in exchange for the rest of Judea and Samaria. Of course it would be unfortunate if all of the terrorists released received a lobotomy leaving them practically useless once released.

    • JerryG

      Don't release them after a lobotomy ! Obamanation will put them to work in the white house !

  • WilliamJamesWard

    All of the murderers Israel holds should be executed for those crimes and that they are murderers
    is all that is needed for justification. Kerry like Obama being evil show where thier sympathies
    lie, with vile people, murderous and permanently without remorse for thier malevolency but
    relish in commiting horendous crimes. There is no living with these creatures from Hell and
    a complete history of thier depridations and wicked ways demands thier expulsion from the
    Planet Earth. If true Justice prevailed they would be released in Washington DC, home for
    true criminals where a mile high wall should be built to keep them all in and happily in the
    surroundings of true family and friends, then a little Divine retribution……………….William

  • Silver Gonzales

    Hopefully the American govt will release the Boston bombers as a sign of good faith and outreach to the muslim community.

    if American leaders == DEVILS, then DEVILS == American leaders, else, American leaders == American leaders.

  • http://israelisverige.blogspot.com The Golani Snowman

    Did Netanyahu ever say NO??? He should practice in front of a mirror.

    Absolutely nothing should be done until Abbas has removed

    Article (12) Complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence.

    Article (19) Armed struggle is a strategy and not a tactic, and the Palestinian Arab People's armed revolution is a decisive factor in the liberation fight and in uprooting the Zionist existence, and this struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished and Palestine is completely liberated.

    from his Constituion. Is that not obvious?

    • Nick DePasquale

      Thank you for being explicit.

      U. S. politicians making a career of trying to impose demands upon Israel that she abstain from defending herself and her people can be expected to ignore technicalities like the Palestinian Authority's Constitution.

      But what explains the glaring failure of the members of the mainstream media from calling attention to the relentless denial of Israel's right to exist? They can't all be so ignorant as to underestimate the importance of this detail. What remains? Doesn't it amount to cheering on from the sidelines the destruction of the nation of Israel?

  • Joe Berry

    I think Israel should say they would consider freeing the terrorists as soon as the United States frees the Boston bomber.

    • Yaakov K.

      AND that Israel will consider giving away parts of ITS Land once the American Gov't has given back to their owners ALL the Native American land stolen by American settlers and paid compensation to all Native Americans for family members slaughtered by American soldiers and settlers.

      • defcon 4

        First the muslimes can begin giving back the land they stole from everyone else in the Mid-East, N. Africa and Turkey. Maybe we can start off the land giving by handing Cyprus back to its rightful owners then move on to give Medina and Yathrib back to the Jews who lived there before islam even existed.

  • Nick DePasquale

    Perhaps I missed something.

    Where is the demand that the Palestinian Authority, the numerous "freedom fighting" organizations such as Hezbollah, et al, Iran, and the Arab states surrounding Israel recognize and affirm her right to exist?

    Oh, and BTW, how about in the meantime these same entities stop TARGETING CIVILIANS?

  • jerome

    yes, im sure letting more psychpathic terrorists loose to kill and maim jews will foster peaceful relations.
    if you live on mars that is.!

  • marios

    What intimidation did Muslim Hussein Obama use to force Bibi give up and call to Islamist Turkey Pres.Erdogan? Israel PM should make "leak" in Media what kind of pressure and kind of intimidations the "best ally" of Israel used. Truth is powerful weapon against traitors. Israel destiny is USA destiny!
    More over, Israel destiny is Western civilization destiny! Don't give up Israel!!! You still have freinds here in Congress and Senate. Plus majority of Americans are on your side.

  • jacob

    In my personal opinion, it serves Israel right….

    This kind of people are not to be kept incarcerated, three "Glatt Kosher" meals a day and honing their
    terrorist abilities waiting for the next exchange of terrorists for skeletons as done uncountable times…..

    These people should have been sentenced to death or if not, make them earn their keep on chain
    gangs for the term of their sentences, breaking rocks in the desert with sledgehammers and buiding
    roads…..
    But…..

  • sharon

    Iam sooo sick of hearing about a two-state solution. How ridiculous. That is like telling Saudi Arabia to build more Catholic churches in Mecca. IMPOSSIBLE.

  • defcon 4

    They should gather up all the islamofascist terrorists in Israel's prisons and lock them in an auditorium w/John Kerry and let him convince them of the error in their jihadist ways. Then give Kerry the cheap burial he deserves.

  • Jimmy D

    When dealing with an intransigent enemy, one that defines peace as the destruction of its enemies, the only concession possible or just, is to concede the terms they have established and pursue peace more vigorously than they do. Israel should seek to regain the borders of King Solomon's rule and expel every Muslim who so much as dreams of Jihad.

  • Stefan van der Borght

    The bodies of the convicted murderers should be repatriated immediately. In the interests of deterrence, from 10000 ft over occupied Judea and Samaria. And give Lurch the War Criminal a dildo and a bus ticket, and let him figure it out.

  • Lynda Sadoff

    I do believe Kerry lost his brains somewhere over the seas he crossed coming back from Israel. Would USA give up the terrorists that caused harm to us? Why is Israel the only country subjected to give up everything for peace. NO KERRY. NO MORE. What more does one need to give up? Does the USA give up the terrorists that cause great harm? NO. Why should Israel? The Palestinians still don't recognize Israel as a country. No Israel should not have to give up anymore.

  • Jerry G

    I think Israel should tell Kerry "to eat sh** and die" !

  • Joe

    This is truly outraging.