The Long-Term Cost of Releasing Terrorists

Caroline Glick is the Director of the David Horowitz Freedom Center's Israel Security Project and the Senior Contributing Editor of The Jerusalem Post. For more information on Ms. Glick's work, visit carolineglick.com


ShowImage.ashxOriginally published by the Jerusalem Post

On Sunday, Issa Karaka, the Palestinian Authority’s minister for jailed terrorists, announced that in the next round of terrorist releases, Israel will release not only Palestinian terrorist murderers, but Israeli Arabs who murdered Israeli Jews in terrorist attacks.

As late as last week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was said to have completely rejected the Palestinian demand. But in response to Karaka’s statement, Netanyahu’s spokesman said only that the release of Israeli Arab terrorists would be subject to the approval of the government. In other words, Karaka was probably telling the truth.

The question is what has changed? Why happened over the past week that forced Netanyahu to cave? The obvious answer is that US Secretary of State John Kerry came to Jerusalem, again. And he forced Netanyahu’s hand, again.

Kerry is the Palestinians’ ace in the hole. He used the US’s limitless leverage on Israel to coerce Israel into agreeing to pay for the privilege of speaking to Palestinian negotiators who reject our country’s right to exist and extol as heroes the terrorist scum who murder us.

For the pleasure of their company, Kerry forced Israel to agree up-front to release scores of Palestinian terrorist murderers. And he did so in bad faith.

According to a high-ranking government official, Israel told Kerry it would release 82 murderers, none of whom are Israelis. And he agreed.

But then, during a joint appearance with Kerry, PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas announced that Israel had agreed to release 104 terrorists, including Israeli citizens. Rather than correct him, Kerry went along, and so locked Israel into a concession it had never made.

And now, with Kerry’s support, Karaka said that if Israel refuses to release Israeli Arab murderers in the next round of releases, the PLO will abandon the talks. The EU has already announced that it will blame Israel for any PLO walkout.

It has been clear for some time that Israel is playing a sucker’s game here.

The deck is stacked against us. Every step Israel takes to either buy time or lessen US pressure only leads to more pressure.

Netanyahu reportedly agreed to release terrorists from prison because Kerry told him that he had to make a big concession: either release murderers or effectively surrender Israel’s national rights to Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem by abrogating Jewish property rights in those areas through a so-called construction freeze. As law professor Eugene Kontorovich explained last week in Commentary, Netanyahu chose the terrorist release as the lesser of two evils because it involved no long-term, substantive concession of Israel’s national and legal rights to the Palestinians.

But then along came the Palestinian- American demand for Israel to release Israeli Arab terrorists, and transformed the Palestinian-American demand for Israel to release terrorists from just another act of bad faith into an assault on Israel’s right to exist.

For sovereignty to mean anything, a national government needs to have the capacity to enforce its laws without prejudice on all of its citizens. If this does not occur, over time, members of the group toward which national authorities fail to apply the law will feel less loyal, less attached and less obligated to that authority and, if there is a competing authority filling the vacuum, that authority will come to enjoy more loyalty, attachment and obligation from the spurned or immune citizens of the weakened national authority.

The PLO’s demand that Israel release terrorists who hold Israeli citizenship, (or in the case of Jerusalem residents, permanent residency), is a clear bid to weaken Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem, and over the Galilee and the Negev.

More generally it is an attempt to undermine Israel’s right to assert its sovereign authority over non-Jews.

By the PLO’s calculations, if Israel’s right to assert its sovereignty over its non-Jewish citizens and residents is sufficiently discredited, then over time, the PLO can destroy Israeli democracy and undo Israel’s national rights and sovereignty.

Since the onset of the so-called peace process between Israel and the PLO in 1993, one of the PLO’s strategic goals has been to win the Israeli Arabs over to its side and cause the Israeli Arabs to reject their Israeli identity. The same has been the case for Arab Jerusalemites who are permanent residents of Israel.

From 1993 through 2000, the PLO spent tens of millions of dollars to advance this aim. And to a large degree, they were successful. By the start of the Palestinian terror war against Israel in 2000, the vast majority of Israeli Arabs rejected Israel’s right to exist and all Arab MKs were openly opposed to Israel’s existence. The Arab Israeli riots in October 2000, during which Israeli Arabs launched mob assaults against Jews were a direct consequence of PLO incitement and subversion of the Israeli Arab community over the previous seven years.

Over the ensuing years, some of the deadliest terror attacks were carried out by terror cells that included Israeli Arabs or Jerusalemites. The Silwan terror cell from Jerusalem, which was most active in 2002 and 2003, carried out multiple massacres that killed 35 Israelis and wounded hundreds more.

But while some Israeli Arabs and Jerusalemites joined the Palestinian campaign to destroy Israel, many more embarked on an opposite path of full integration into Israeli society. Since 2000, tens of thousands of Jerusalemites have applied for Israeli citizenship.

Each year more and more Arab parents in Jerusalem – and increasingly in the Galilee and Haifa – are registering their children in Hebrew-language, Jewish schools.

The number of Christian Arabs enlisting in the IDF has increased hundreds of percentage points over the past few years. The number of Muslim and Christian Israeli Arabs volunteering in national service is similarly skyrocketing.

Even Jerusalem residents are volunteering for national service. And adult Arabs are integrating into all levels of the job force countrywide.

As Nadav Shragai reported in Friday’s Yisrael Hayom, Israel’s acquiescence last month to the Palestinian-American demand to release five terrorist murderers from eastern Jerusalem endangers the integrationist trend in the city. It strengthens the hand of Hamas and the PLO over Israel by weakening the Arabs’ assessment of Israel’s national authority.

Obviously, the same will occur in the Galilee and Negev if Israel releases Israeli Arab terrorist murderers from prison.

One of the reasons that most Israelis now recognize that the peace process is a hoax is that the PLO continues to signal that a “final” accord will not settle all Palestinian claims against Israel. The PLO intends to use a “Palestine” in Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem and Gaza to threaten and weaken Israel’s sovereignty in its remaining territory. The PLO’s demand that Israel free its own citizens from prison for acts of treason and murder is a clear indication that this is in fact the group’s long-term plan.

Kerry’s support for the PLO’s demands on terrorists shows Israel two things.

First, at a minimum, Kerry doesn’t have a problem with the Palestinian claim that Israel’s sovereign rights over non- Jews – and hence Israel’s right to sovereignty generally – is limited at best. Second, it shows that there are no concessions that Netanyahu can make to Kerry that will not have dire long-term consequences for Israel.

Walking away from the phony negotiations will be painful. But as Kerry’s demands indicate, the price for remaining at the table gets higher by the day.

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    Release them and execute them as they walk out in front of the media cameras.

    • defcon 4

      That would make some headlines. I’d say negative publicity as well, but it doesn’t ever seem Israel ever gets positive publicity anyway…

      • Gee

        With us – no good deed goes unpunished.

        We will be attacked no matter what – might as well make the crime fit the punishment

        • Drakken

          Come on Gee, you know what must be done, just getter done.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Exactly. It would make headlines favorable to the future of Western civilization.

  • solidspine

    The terrorist held in Cuba should simply be executed!

    • BagLady

      Will that make your coffee taste better in the morning?

      • Drakken

        The only good Islamic jihadist is a dead Islamic jihadist, period, and open supporters like you should be extremely careful about that from now on.

      • Jackson

        Terrorist supporting C**T! I’d love to meet you.

        • BagLady

          Sorry Sunshine. I have always found people who can’t put a simple sentence together without resorting to vile language, lacking conversation skills and prove mightily tedious to talk to.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            You’re simply an older Rachel Corrie with less guts. It can’t be that you have more brains.

          • Jackson

            I said that you’re a Terrorist supporting C*nt, nothing more, so don’t flatter yourself.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Yeah, that’s what it’s about.

        Kook.

      • defcon 4

        Why aren’t you back squatting in whatever islam0nazi hellhole you crawled out of?

        • BagLady

          Perhaps I am.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Where?

  • Kenneth James Abbott

    I’m sorry, guys, but–although many of us are Christians–the US is no longer a Christian nation, and –although many of us realize your simple right to exist–the US will no longer support you or help you fight for that right.

    The time will come–and soon–when you will have to completely jettison the US and tell our officials “Thanks for the offer, but I’d rather ~not~ invite my own annihilation just for your approval, so we’re going to have to go it alone.”

    • Jeff Ludwig

      Sadly, your comment sums up this painful reality.

    • defcon 4

      Haven’t you received the memo? According to the amoral, lieberal scumbags in enemedia, Daily Kos et. al. Christianity is “just as bad” as islam. Get with the program!

  • Hass

    How much longer can this oneway concession last?
    I don’t know, but at this rate, there’ll be no more terrorists to release and then what? Hand over land just so the Paliswines come to a useless meeting?

  • A Z

    “Rather than correct him, Kerry went along”

    Can you blame Kerry? Can you really f_cking blame Kerry?

    He is just as vicious, avaricious and deluded as his boss, President Obama.

    “In February 2009 President Obama told Americans that Caterpillar would be able to rehire some of the employees in Illinois who were just laid off. Caterpillar CEO Jim Owens immediately refuted the claim.”

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/02/wrong-again-obama-said-his-stimulus-would-bring-caterpillar-jobs-back-to-illinois-nope/

    Like father, like son

  • itaintmojo

    Bibi should have never agreed to releasing these murderers. O’Liar and Lurch Kerry appease these vile butchers who recently, during these sham “peace talks” openly refused Israel’s basic negotiating demand that the state of Israel be recognized as such by Abbass. Caroline Glick is right about the long term consequences of these releases.

    Just as America should be eradicating dependancy on Arab oil, Israel should be eradicating dependancy on this administration. Israel must find a way to replace US aid, and then call out O’Liar for what he is. There is no better time for Bibi to call out Obama. Internationally Obama is a weak, meddling, fool. Even in the US itself, Obama, his loyal MSM, and liberal worshippers are seeing they can do little to stop the awareness of this administration’s lie’s, and incompetence in every area.

    The time has come for Israeli leadership to denounce this administration’s intent, and cool the friendship with America till either US policies change, or the next administration comes back online to Israeli interests, and the truth concerning the region.

    Bibi should cancel the release of the remaining prisoners immediately, and based on Abbass refusal last week on recognizing Israel as the legitimate Jewish homeland, Bibi should stand up, and tell everyone at these “peace talks” to go home now, and don’t bother calling or coming back ever, till your minds are changed about recognizing, and respecting the Jewish state.

    Picking a fight with the US is not a good way to go, but appeasing Obama, who in the end has it in for Israel anyway, will be far worse.

  • Habbgun

    Sadly enough I don’t really believe this pressure is really pressure but more like bribery. After all when Israel does hold firm and the admin looks even weaker and more ridiculous it backs off. this just means the admin can look tough in front of whatever silly academic alphabet soup group wants to boycott Israel. Like everything socialist follow the money.

  • Raymond_in_DC

    Once upon a time Israel had leaders willing to push back – even in public – against US policy detrimental to Israeli interests, as when Begin publicly rejected Reagan’s “peace plan” concocted with only Arab input back in 1982.

    Today Israel hesitates even to relocate an IDF training facility to a location adjoining Mount Scopus under threat by the US to cancel joint training exercises if such plans went ahead. And Netanyahu sheepishly puts the project on hold. Why isn’t Israel publicly challenging such threats, reminding the US that their troops gain as much from such exercises as the IDF does? How is it the PA public challenges the US and gets offers of *more* aid as a result?

    • BagLady

      You have the Senate in your pocket. What more could you want?

      • defcon 4

        You’re referring to islam0nazis no?

      • objectivefactsmatter

        So the NWO are Jews. Right?

        • defcon 4

          LOL, that’s kinda the implicit argument the baghead is making isn’t it?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            When you weave it together, yes.

      • A Z

        If the U.S. senate is in Israel’s pocket, John Kerry was affirmed by the senate why?

      • blert

        They’ve got Valerie girl in their purse…

        And 0bama in their kamp.

        The US Senate is not going to impeach the first Marxist president until atomic war breaks out.

        Then, all bets are off.

  • Drakken

    Note to Israel, next time you go to arrest a so called terrorist or jihadist, eliminate them, because if you don’t, somebody is going to make you trade them for nothing. Dead muslim jihadist are your only option from now on.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Seriously. Death penalty for terror convicts. Time of war and all that.

      It will drive the left nuts but they’ll have to get used to it, and eventually it will prove to be fruitful by taking players off the field and showing that political correctness and BS leftist pressure can’t deter those who want to defend the state.

  • BagLady

    “More generally it is an attempt to undermine Israel’s right to assert its sovereign authority over non-Jews”

    Israel does exist, it probably always will and I wish you’d stop weeping on my shoulder because others dislike your dictatorial attitude and fight to stop your take over bid of others’ (fertile) lands.

    • Drakken

      To the victors go the spoils and leftist like yourself had better get used to the idea, especially those like you who openly support Islamic jihad.

      • BagLady

        Said without a jot of evidence of such support.

        The trouble is, it is hard to get at the ‘truth’. Take Esh Kodesh for instance. Should I be listening to the Jerusalem Post?

        “Some 200 Palestinians attacked the vineyards of the West Bank Esh Kodesh outpost on Saturday afternoon, according to the IDF. Esh Kodesh spokesman Aron Katsof said 12 outpost residents were injured as a result, including one who was treated in the hospital and then released.”

        Or Peace Now?

        “Residents of this illegal outpost yesterday attacked Palestinians in the neighboring village of Kusra, near Nablus. The attack was in response to Israeli law enforcement officers recent removal of saplings that the settlers had planted in an attempt to illegally take over more land that they don’t own. The Palestinians peacefully apprehended the settlers and handed them over to the Israeli authorities, who took them for questioning.”

        • objectivefactsmatter

          Historically we find out that it’s a lot easier to do a complete investigation with the cooperation of the Israelis and zero cooperation from jihadis. The jihadis constantly try to fabricate evidence and make statements that prove to be impossible given the physical evidence. It helps us discover these things because the jihadis are prolific liars but not very talented ones.

          Historically it’s been proved that the jihadis are serial liars. Israel is as easy to get the evidence from as any Western republic and most often, even easier.

          Aren’t you glad you asked?

          • BagLady

            I had not resorted to asking the jihadis. As I said, J.Post versus Peace now? Both organisations are Israeli.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            And 0′Bama is American, but he wants to see it diminished just like leftist Israelis want Israel to cave in to jihadi demands. Lying is noble to leftists when they believe that it leads to some greater good. They don’t mind using sources that are known liars.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            You go around the world trying to increase the power of your nation, right? Because everyone is nationalistic. Or is it just that everyone else is nationalistic? Everyone but you?

          • defcon 4

            And all islamic organisations are fascist organisations…

    • defcon 4

      WRT stopping the “…take over bid of others’ (fertile) lands” Fatima, hasn’t been that the story of islam since muhammad molested his 1st little girl?

  • Bernie

    I don’t think that those killers that Kerry insists on releasing like the United States a whole lot either. What country is he representing?

  • Gee

    Negotiating with terrorists in the first place has been the mistake.

    It’s our land and the Jordanian and Egyptian colonists need to leave. Nothing more needs to be said

    • blert

      They’re all ARABS.

      No true Egyptians are involved. They’re still back at the Nile, where they’ve always been.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Negotiating with terrorists in the first place has been the mistake.

      Muslims are not terrorists. Muslims are waging jihad (holy war) against all religions and all infidels, per the dictates of Islam, to subjugate us into Islamic totalitarianism through both violent and non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad and the eventual imposition of Sharia, which is divine Islamic totalitarian law, in order to make Islam supreme throughout the world.

  • TheOrdinaryMan

    So W-H-Y does Netanyahu go along with Kerry and Obama? Particularly since America has exposed some of Israel’s military secrets for all to see? Netanyahu acts like Israel won’t be able to function without U.S. aid; he reminds me of a fly in a spider’s web, and every time he caves, he gets more caught up in it. He seems paralyzed. Mr. Prime Minister, W-H-A-T are you waiting for?

    • blert

      Wake up: everything turns on atomics and Iran.

      Period, stop.

      It’s the ONLY explanation

    • BagLady

      “… exposed some of Israel’s military secrets….” You mean all those nukes you pretend not to have.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        “… exposed some of Israel’s military secrets….” You mean all those nukes you pretend not to have.”

        No. You’re getting dumber by the day.

        • defcon 4

          Islam does that to people…

  • Rod

    It’s deathpenaltytime

    • defcon 4

      I’d say regardless of whether it’s through official judicial means or not. After all, when there is no justice to be had for the najjis kaffir, justice must be applied extra-judicially.

  • blert

    With atomics in play, all of the other pieces are pawns.

    It’s that simple.

    Bibi has to look past Kerry to what must come. He can’t afford to press lesser issues — even if they are, in normal times, meritorious and worthy.

    It’s this national threat that entirely explains Jerusalem’s decision making.

    The situation is so touchy that I don’t feel free to opine further. I don’t want any further complications for Bibi to deal with.

    As for the time-line: it’s a pretty good bet that Gates’ book is now released because of pending events. Harpooning Biden is a predicate for a double impeachment when 0bama blows up the Middle East. This is now a distinct possibility.

    Another gambit might be Biden resigns… Hillary steps up. Gates floats the idea that Biden has ALREADY thought of bowing out.

    All of which leads one to opine that Gates has made a case for Democrat to Democrat transition — or — Plan R — that Boehner steps up.

    Such a transition can happen VERY fast when atomic war breaks out. Remember what happend to Chamberlain when the panzers rolled, 1940. Few saw that coming. No-one bet on Churchill ever attaining the top slot — even upon the eve. (!)

    (It was supposed to go to Lord Halifax.)

    • objectivefactsmatter

      It does seem irrationally pro-Hilary based on the publicized quotes. But I haven’t read the book.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Why would the Palestinians end their terror war when they know that intransigence works?

    Actually, the so-called Palestinians cannot end their jihad (holy war) against the infidel state of Israel anymore than the Islamic world as a whole can end their perpetual jihad (holy war) against all religions and all infidels throughout the world to ultimately make Islam supreme, as such an action would be extremely sacrileges and any person responsible for such a decision would summarily be executed, per the texts and tenets of Islam, for blasphemy.

    For there to be peace in Israel, the infidel world will have to unite to isolate and render the Islamic world, which includes the so-called Palestinians as their proxies, into abject poverty and thereby make them too weak and too poor to fight jihad. Thus, until the infidels in the West wake up from their PC multicultural caused stupor, the jihad (holy war) being waged against all religions and all infidels, including the infidel states of Israel (Jews), India (Hindus), Thailand (Buddhists), Nigeria and Sudan (Christians), for instance, will continue on perpetually.

    Indeed, Israel should make a concerted effort to align with other victims of long-term perpetual jihad (holy war) in the world to shine a beam of light on the actions of Islam and their perpetual jihads being waged against all religions and all infidels.

    • defcon 4

      That’s very unfair and biased. The jihad against Hindus, Christians, atheists and Sikhs in the Indian sub-continent, against Christians, Zoroastrians, Baha’i and Jews in the Mid-East and N. Africa won’t be “perpetual”. It will peacefully end as soon as the najjis kaffir cease to exist in such geographic locales.

  • dad1927

    May be disposing of the enemy in the manner the enemy disposes of you would work.

  • defcon 4

    I think these terrorists should be released — from 50,000 feet, over the Med, without benefit of parachutes…

    • Hass

      Haha, over Mecca would be another drop.

      Let them ask Allah, AKA Pedo Mo, if he can soften the blow.