Isreaeli Security Minister declares, “no more prisoner swaps”
Gilad Erdan says Israel must do everything in its power to free Israelis held captive by Hamas – but freeing terrorists out of the question
Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) has warned against any further prisoner swaps with terrorist groups in return for captive citizens.
Speaking at a “Meet The Press” interview, Erdan stated that Israel must do everything in its power to free the two Israeli civilians currently held hostage by Hamas in Gaza – 26-year-old Avraham (Avera) Meginsu, and a still-unidentified Arab-Israeli resident of the Negev.
However, Erdan warned that past experience has clearly demonstrated that acceding to Hamas’s exaggerated demands to release scores of convicted terrorists from prison in exchange would be a grave mistake.
“To free terrorists, in light of the lessons learned from previous such transactions? No more,” the Likud minister declared. “Israel needs to do everything, but not to free terrorists, who return afterwards to carrying out terrorist attacks.”
Israel has in the past exchanged hundreds of terrorists, many of convicted murderers, in exchange for kidnapped citizens. Most recently, the 2011 Shalit Deal saw over 1,000 convicted terrorists – who were responsible for the murders of hundreds of Israelis, mostly civilians – released in exchange for a single soldier, Gilad Shalit.
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