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Here's a reminder of just how single-mindedly focused on the righteousness of his own thinking a person needs to be to transact deals by which murderers are freed prematurely with zero regard for the wishes or feelings of the victims.
PA will not commit to prisoner deal if next release delayed | Ma'an News Agency | Published December 12, 2013 at 03:34 | BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The undersecretary of the ministry of prisoners said Wednesday that the Palestinian leadership would not commit to an agreement to free Palestinian prisoners if the US postpones the release of a third batch which is scheduled for Dec. 29. Ziad Abu Ein told Ma’an that the deal included the release of 104 veteran prisoners and in exchange the PA would not go to UN organizations seeking recognition for nine months. However, he said, if the release is postponed the PA will go to international organizations and sue Israel internationally. Abu Ein said that the Palestinian leadership did not receive any official request from the US to postpone the release of the third batch. However, it was reported on Monday that US Secretary of State John Kerry suggested the delay of the next batch of Palestinian prisoners scheduled for release. Abu Ein explained that the Palestinian Authority perceived the step as connecting political events and the prisoner release, which contradicts the agreement and is rejected by the PA. Abu Ein added that Kerry’s earlier comments about the third batch of prisoners was an attempt to pressure President Mahmoud Abbas to accept US proposals to move forward negotiations.Regular visitors to this blog will need no reminding of the transparent nonsense spouted by the Americans and the Palestinian Arabs alike about how it happens that 104 committed terrorists, every last one of them a convicted murderer, are being let loose from their Israeli prisons. For other readers, here's some background from a week-ago post: "5-Dec-13: Welcome to Jerusalem, Mr Kerry. A moment of your time please."
With all the speeches, threats, summit meetings and back-slapping press conferences, notice (again) how frequently the innocent victims (and their families) of the killers are even mentioned in the public conversation about this abominable transaction.
The cynical process of extorting the release of pathetic, small-time killers of unarmed civilians to advance this political agenda or that (is there anyone who believes this is contributing to peace?) does absolutely no credit to any of the public figures involved. Leaving aside the way each side exploits it to exclusively advance his own mutually-incompatible argument, their shared indifference to the injustice of the scheme they are executing ought to make them utterly ashamed of themselves.
Then we remind ourselves they're politicians.