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In reality, the story is about a craven bending to the will of others and an abandonment of principles and integrity. The last thing it represents is some sort of impliedly courageous move against powerful opponents.
What's being reported today is that the Netanyahu government is going to stick to the plan it announced three months ago [we wrote about it then: 27-Jul-13: Aghast] to free yet another hundred or so convicted Palestinian Arab murderers and terrorists.
In a blog posting some weeks after the original announcement ["7-Aug-13: Political prisoners, political media"], we wrote here that:
We make no secret of our fury about the announced release from Israeli prisons of convicted Palestinian Arab terrorists and assorted other killers. In agreeing last month to free about a hundred of them, the Netanyahu government (which freed 1,027 other terrorists in 2011) has done something unconscionable and misconceived, something that is opposed by the vast majority of Israelis and by many observers from beyond. It will come, we believe, to be recognized as a cause of sorrow for generations to come.
Israelis, those who vote in elections, who form the democratic foundation that empowers men like Netanyahu to speak for someone other than their own wives and children, have been polled only once, to the best of my knowledge, and opposed this free-the-killers deal by more than ten to one. To whose guns is Netanyahu sticking?Mr Netanyahu, we don't expect that, after so many disappointments dished out to us, you or any of your staff will see a reason to respond. But for the record, we can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
And where in all this analysis are the victim families, those citizens of Israel who are entitled to know the law and justice system is respected by the political echelon. This nasty, humiliating and self-defeating deal flies in the face of justice. It ignores the voices of the victims. Who gave any politician, including Netanyahu, that right?