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April 18, 2013 9:32 am

Israel’s Security Service: Prisoners from Gilad Shalit Swap Returning to Terrorism

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Gilad Shalit salutes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after prisoner exchange deal in Oct. 2011. Photo: wiki commons.

Israel’s internal security service has warned that Palestinian prisoners involved in the Gilad Shalit prisoner-exchange deal are increasingly returning to terrorism, according to Israel Hayom.

Following the arrest of a Palestinian man who accepted money from a former Palestinian prisoner to carry out a terrorist attack against military or civilian targets, the Shin Bet warned, “There has been a notable increase recently in military operations by those [prisoners] who were freed in the ‘Shalit deal’ and went to the Gaza Strip.”

The Israel Defense Forces helped the Shin Bet track Amir Barakat, 25, who was trying to obtain a weapon for an attack when intelligence operatives arrested him.

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Barakat had been persuaded by Amir Dokan, a former Palestinian prisoner who was released by Israel in the deal with Hamas to free kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, to carryout the attack. Dokan was exiled to the Gaza Strip, but met Barakat while the two were on their way to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

According to the Shin Bet, Dokan offered Barakat $60,000 to fire rounds on a service road or to throw a grenade at the Hawara checkpoint, both of which are near Nablus.

In October 2011, Israel agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian security prisoners in exchange for Shalit, who was kidnapped and held in the Gaza Strip for nearly five- and-a-half -years

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  • Ethan Coane

    Unfortunately this just reinforces what happens when Israel bows to humanitarian pressures (I sympathize) and bargains with terrorists, in contradiction to its oft-stated policy not to do so even at the sacrifice of Israeli lives. How would Gilad Shalit have felt if he learned that his life had been purchased at the price of other Israeli lives? Perhaps in the future when a terrorist is captured committing, attempting, or provably plotting a murderous action the best justice would be summary execution since mere imprisonment only turns him into a bargaining chip for the terrorists; an an incentive to kidnap other Israeli soldiers or civilians.

  • Mordecai Ben Natan

    Did PM Netanyahu not expect this to happen?
    I once wrote to the JP that if this had been my son, who was in that situation, (G-D forbid), I would go all over the world to have my son released.
    BUT.
    What will be the consequences of this disproportionate release?
    These released bastards would be back finishing their job of murdering Jews.

    So these savage bastards will be made “heroes” and schools,roads and parks will be named after those savages who are taught to hate Jews and that if they commit suicide by blowing up as many Israelis as possible, the Islamic world will call them martyrs for their cause.

    As with every body else, our thoughts went out to the parents of Shalit.

    Now, the South Africam Muslim Judicial council are in a panic because of what happened in Boston.
    Now, Moulana Shuaib Appleby of the Muslim Judicial Council, has written a letter to the Argus saying that “the MJC as a champion of the dignity of the innocent & oppressed, expresses their condemnation of this attack.The MJC is guided by the fundamental principles of Islam, that any attack against innocent persons, nations or civil gatherings is an evil act.
    Strange, but when these savages blow themselves up in buses, coffee bars, restaurants, suprmarkets, Pesach Sedar, they are clled Heroes”.
    Of course, in the eyes of this ” religionof peace” Jews and Israelis are a “legal target” and that is not an evil act.

    It will be interesting to see the backlash from Americans, and the rest of the world.

  • Reinaert Thomasson

    Wat do you expect? The ‘Shalit deal’ had shown distinctly, that Terror is a law risk business. It always works. The enemy (Israel), does always retreat and fulfil demands; how bizarre they may be. In every negotiation upon a deal, terrorists name the price, and not the opposing side. It is always ‘hundreds or thousands of us against one of two of them’. We all know; it cannot be different. Lives of our dear ones are precious to all of us and everything must be done to bring them back. The situation makes it clear that old tactics must be altered. A situation that enable to set free people with blood on their hands and lot of dirt under their nails is unbearable. I still have in mind the words of the Sbarro killer Tamami. She feels no regret at all and killing the family Schijveschuurder (and other victims) was ‘a piece of cake’. What to do? Taking care that people like Tamami should not live long enough to reach any deal.

  • Yaakov

    Very Misleading Headline

  • E.S.Lombard

    It would be grand if we could put each of them under deep hypnosis as in the film “The Manchurian Candidate” while they are still in our prisons and before they are ever released. Or if we could invent a psychopharmaceutical that would turn them permanently as our agents.

    • Anthony Abela

      Don’t joke about this. One of the released prisoners told Pravda the Russian newspaper that they were all injected with a virus before release, but then most of them are sick, sick with hatred and green with envy. Don’ they realise the benefits they get from all the Jewish medical discoveries and help?. May J_W_H bless the nation of Israel.

  • Reuven

    Did anyone think it would be otherwisde? Hunt them down and kill these murderers…especially Kuntar!

  • elliot stamler

    I predicted this at the time. Now it’s come true. Is there anyone surprised by this? I am not going to tell the Israelis and their gov’t what to do – I am not an Israeli. I am only going to observe that there’s never been a single instance of Arab reciprocity to Israeli acts of generosity and commutation. And there never will be. So the question MUST be asked: is one Jew’s freedom or even his life worth scores of Jewish deaths later on?

  • Devora

    I guess the Israeli government is learning their lesson….did they really think the Arabs were going to change their ways.?!?!

  • joel

    Why is anyone surprised??

  • MH8169

    So is anyone surprised by this development? When dealing with the s…t of the world, what can one expect? A kiss and a thank you?

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