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.Join our WhatsApp group
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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.”