Dep. Min. Danon: Release of Terrorists is 'Lunacy'
Deputy Defense Minister asks ministers to vote against the planned release Sunday, citing "consensus in Likud."
Gil Ronen - IsraelNationalNews - July 27, 2013
[J4JP Note: DANON THROWS A JIBE AT LIKUD MINISTERS AND THE US
Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud) sent a letter to Likud ministers asking them to vote against the planned release of 104 terrorist prisoners as a "gesture" in advance of "peace talks" with the Palestinian Authority.
In his letter calling on Likud Ministers to vote against release of murderers and terrorists, his oblique reference to Jonathan Pollard is a jibe, a poke at the collective Likud conscience and at the Americans, and is (thankfully) not a call for a quid pro quo exchange]
"I call on you to vote against the release of prisoners, but in favor of the negotiations, without preconditions," he wrote.
"I am sure each one of you knows that there is a consensus within Likud in opposition to the lunacy of releasing dozens of terrorists who have the blood of hundreds of Israelis on their hands," he explained. "What is more - the release is a prize for the Palestinians, just for their willingness to sit with us next to the negotiating table."
"This defines future standards of far-reaching concessions by Israel, vis-a-vis ridiculous demands by the other side," said Danon.
He ended the letter with a reference to a prisoner who is not being released, writing, "One more word, which should also evoke some thoughts on the subject, in your mind: Pollard."
Jonathan Pollard, convicted of spying on the U.S. for Israel, was arrested in 1985 and has been in jail ever since. Netanyahu reportedly asked the U.S. to release him as part of a package deal including the resumption of talks with the PA, but was rebuffed.
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