Israel Prison Service Publishes Names of 26 Convicts to be Released Ahead of Peace Talks
JNS.org – Israel on Monday published a list of 26 Palestinian prisoners set to go free in the first phase of the prisoner release it agreed to as part of U.S.-backed Israeli-Palestinian conflict talks. A total of 104 prisoners will be freed in the deal.
Of the 26 prisoners, 14 will return to Gaza and 12 will return to Judea and Samaria. Seventeen have been convicted of murder, and the remaining prisoners were jailed on charges of manslaughter, attempted murder, kidnapping and conspiring to commit murder, Israel Hayomreported.
Among the prisoners to be released are terrorists who killed Menachem Dadon and Salomon Abukasis in Gaza in 1983, Israel Tenenbaum at the Sironit hotel in Netanya in 1993, Israel Defense Forces reserves soldier Binyamin Meisner in Nablus in 1989, Isaac Rotenberg at a construction site in Petah Tikva in 1994, one of the men involved in the murder of Simcha Levy in 1993, and one of the terrorists involved in the murder of Haim Mizrahi near Beit El 1993.
Also included in the prisoner release is the terrorist who carried out the 1990 stabbing attack on bus line 66, traveling from Petah Tikva to Tel Aviv. In that attack, three terrorists boarded the crowded bus and began indiscriminately stabbing passengers.
Israeli ministers stressed that if any of the prisoners resume terror activities, they will be put back in jail to serve out the remainder of their sentences.