Against Prisoner Release
by Morton A. Klein
National President, Zionist Organization of
Your editorial rightly argues that
The evidence for this is clear: a 2006 detailed report issued by the Almagor Terror Victims Association (ATVA), shows that between the years 1993-1999,
Successive Israeli governments have insisted that they do not release terrorists with blood on their hands. In fact, this criterion only means that even the most vicious terrorists have been freed, providing that their terror plans failed or that others pulled the trigger or detonated the bomb. This makes them attempted murderers or accessories to murder. Not only is it a travesty of justice that such people are released, but, as the ATVA study demonstrates, they end up taking Jewish lives.
While all reasonable efforts must be made to bring kidnapped Israelis home, releasing terrorists to bring this about is simply too high and tragic a price to pay.