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December 31, 2013 10:15 am

PA President Abbas Embraces Released Convicts as ‘Heroes’ (VIDEO)

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas embraced the returning 26 convicts from Israeli jails as "heroes" in Ramallah, on December 30, 2013. Photo: Screenshot / WAFA.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas embraced the returning 26 convicts from Israeli jails as "heroes" in Ramallah, on December 30, 2013. Photo: Screenshot / WAFA.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas embraced 26 convicts returning from Israeli jails as “heroes” on Monday night in Ramallah, WAFA News Agency reported.

“We promise that it will not be the last time, but there will be a batch of heroes coming to us all the time and in the near future, God willing,” Abbas said, according to an English translation by the Elder of Ziyon blog. “This is the day the joy of all of us the joy of our people for our prisoner heroes who came out today to the light of freedom to live free, we congratulate you and congratulate ourselves with these heroes who arrived here and who arrived in Jerusalem, Gaza, and the rest will come, God willing.”

In his speech, Abbas told the prisoners, their family members, and thousands of supporters who greeted them, that soon there will be a Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem and that the Palestinian flag will fly over the minarets and churches of Jerusalem.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Israel released the prisoners as the third of four planned terrorist discharges that are meant to serve as confidence-building measures between Jerusalem and Ramallah.

The group of convicts had served on average around 20 years in jail and had been arrested for terror acts or the violent murders of Israelis.

The three tranches of prisoners, so far, have comprised of Arabs who had been living in PA-controlled areas, but reports from diplomatic sources on the peace talks from Israel’s Channel 2 pointed to a dispute over the final tranche, which might see the release of Israeli Arab prisoners back into Israeli society, a move that the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused after learning that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had promised it to the PA. Kerry was reported to then tell Netanyahu that he would bring to Washington the Israeli request to free Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard from a U.S. prison before Israel would consider the final tranche. In total, 104 prisoners were agreed to be released in the four tranches.

Watch a video below of Abbas addressing thousands who came to greet the returning convicts as “heroes:”

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  • kriskristian1

    This shows that Abbas is nothing but a nurdering bastard

    I hope the rest of the world takes note of this.
    Recently, he honoured a serial murderer of over 100 Jews, and presnted this killer’s wife with a top award for what he did.

    Is there any difference betwwen Arafat and Abbas?
    they were/are the worst type of terrorist.

    Please PM Netanyahu.
    NO NOT RELEASE ANY MORE KILLERS, SO THAT THEY CAN BE BACK ON THE ROAD, TO MURDER MORE JEWS.

    ABBAS HAS NO INTENTION OF HAVING PEACE WITH iSRAEL.
    Remember what he said. NO RECOGNITION OF ISRAEL AS A JEWISH STATE.
    IF?? THERE EVER IS A PA STATE, NO JEWS WILL BE ALOWED TO LIVE THERE, OWN PROPERTY ETC.
    AND ISRAEL IS CALLED AN APARTHEID STATE.

    When will the world wake up to this treachery?
    and support the Jewish state of Israel

    • leo alifi

      God always loved the Jew first, then the gentile. You hate the jew , you hate God Himself.

  • Sandy Brown

    Heroes. That is a laugh. Heroes that like to murder people! That is more like it. How can he call them heroes. They are killers.

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