Israelis Split Over Hostage Deal As Identity Of Terrorists Being Freed Revealed

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — The majority of Israel’s cabinet who approved the hostage exchange deal with Hamas reflected a similar majority of the Israeli public, according to polls released in the last 24 hours. As details of those terrorists slated to be released are revealed to the public, criticism has risen over some aspects of the deal.

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52% of Israelis said that they favored the deal, while 32% were opposed and 16% had no clear opinion on the matter.

Many Israelis were stunned to learn that even terrorists who had attempted murder as recently as a few months ago are on the list of 300 terrorists slated for release (currently the deal includes 150 terrorists for the 50 captives, with a possibility of a further group of 150 to release 50 more of the captives. Thus it is possible that the first release will not include the more violent terrorists.) Moreover as opposed to releasing the terrorists to Gaza or to another location, the current deal specifies that they may return to their homes, even when their home is adjacent to that of their victims.

Moriah Cohen from the Shimon Hatzadik quarter in Jerusalem was stabbed in front of her children and moderately injured by a 15-year-old girl living in her neighborhood in December 2021. Just two years later, and just days after the terrorist was given a 12-year sentence for attempted murder, she could be released to her home – right opposite her victim.

Moriah’s husband Dvir said that “I’m happy for every hostage being released, we love our country, our people and our army, I just got back from reserve duty. I’m not opposed to the deal, its not my consideration but rather that of the leaders. But its illogical that my son should see the terrorist who tried to murder his mother when he opens the door of the house and sees her in the house opposite. Its unfathomable that my wife should see her making a V sign like she did in court. She never expressed remorse or apology for her actions, its unthinkable that she should once again be a neighbor.”

In the wake of this development, there were calls in the political establishment to revoke the citizenship of all terrorists, thus enabling them to be evicted from Israel to the PA-controlled territories in Judea and Samaria.

Others opposed the deal due to the fear that the terrorists will revert to their previous actions, and because the truce enables Hamas to regroup and rearm to fight the IDF forces in Gaza. Eliyahu Liebman, the father of one of the hostages, Shlomo Eliakim Liebman, told Israel’s Army Radio, “Those terrorists who will be released in such a horrible and dubious deal is more blood on the hands of this government and the security forces.”


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Chaim
Chaim
2 months ago

May Hashem destroy every last one of our enemies.

Voice-Of-Reason
Voice-Of-Reason
2 months ago

This encourages future hostage taking by the enemy.

anonymous
anonymous
2 months ago

Typical Israeli reasoning . 50 for 150, & then warn people in Yerushlayim to be aware that some of the released arabs were in prison for terrorist killings of Israelis

Emes
Emes
2 months ago

Im confused how people could say there are no hostages and then Hamas could be releasing them. Super confusing.

Israeli
Israeli
2 months ago

The freed terrorists should be made to wear trackers / imbedded GPS chips.

Davey
Davey
2 months ago

The animals care about two things; 1. Winning and 2. The appearance of winning. Both are equally important to them. My “man on the street” opinion is that the animals accomplished both with this deal. It seems like Israel negotiated from a position of weakness by giving in on three different areas of negotiations. A. Halting the IDF momentum, B. Releasing criminals and wannabe murderers and C. Freeing many more then the amount the animals are releasing. Obviously, I’m not privy to what’s happening behind the scenes, but I would have thought Israel could have made a much better deal. Additionally, the animals are controlling the narrative. They kidnapped innocent people and are trading them for criminals. To the average dumb college student marching in the pro terror/murder/rape/torture rallies they think Israel is holding innocent Arabs hostage and that’s why the animals kidnapped Israelis. I’m not saying Israel shouldn’t negotiate to bring our hostages home but it looks like they got a bad deal when they could’ve gotten a better deal.

Tsvi Kukenheim
Tsvi Kukenheim
2 months ago

This exchange of prisoner’s will result into further deaths of our soldiers and might result into fierce fights between Israel and the Arab/Iranian/Lebonese countries.
This means that the deaths of our soldiers was in vain. This war government will be completely responsible for the mess they created by causing the end of the state of Israel.

Lgb
Lgb
2 months ago

Israel is not split. Most Israelis oppose the deal. The government is split

Paul Near Philadelphia
Paul Near Philadelphia
2 months ago

Again, for me killing and capturing the Bad Guys is much more important than ransoming hostages.