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November 2, 2015 9:55 am

Israel Fuming Over Palestinian Celebration of Returned Terrorists’ Bodies

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Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (pictured) insisted on the return of dead Palestinian terrorists' bodies to the Palestinian Authority. Photo: Avi Ohayon/GPO.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (pictured) insisted on the return of dead Palestinian terrorists’ bodies to the Palestinian Authority. Photo: Avi Ohayon/GPO.

JNS.org – Israel’s political echelon was outraged when the dead bodies of five Palestinian terrorists were received in the Palestinian Authority (PA) with celebrations, in violation of the PA’s pledge not to do so.

During a meeting of the Israeli diplomatic-security cabinet about a month ago, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan opposed returning the bodies of terrorists, but Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon insisted on it, arguing that keeping them was tantamount to “body trafficking” and could prompt further violence.

Ultimately, the cabinet agreed on a split policy: In Judea and Samaria, which is under the jurisdiction of the defense minister, Ya’alon will decide the fate of the bodies. In eastern Jerusalem and within the Green Line, Erdan would be the deciding figure.

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Appearing on Israel’sChannel 2, Ya’alon voiced disappointment that “the Palestinians did not live up to their word that there would be no celebrations.”

During funerals for the five terrorists, mourners waved Hamas and Fatah flags and called out, “In blood and fire, we will liberate Palestine!” After the funerals concluded, rioters began throwing rocks at IDF soldiers who, in turn, used riot dispersal gear to calm the situation.

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  • david.n

    He acted like a fool – giving the bodies back – a 5 year old could have explained why not to do it – He is “surprised” that the PA – who employs people to kill israeli’s, didn’t honor their word? are you kidding me?.. was he born yesterday?
    He’s either lying or a complete idiot.

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