As the fourth and final batch of terrorist releases looms, as a “gesture” to the Palestinian Authority (PA) for peace talks, bereaved families of terror victims are not taking the “perversion of justice” quietly.
Jeff Daube, Director of the Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) Israel branch, took part in Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon’s meeting with bereaved parents on Wednesday. Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Daube noted America “should not press Israel to release prisoners.”
Daube noted that 6% of the PA budget goes to jailed terrorists, asking, “why is it that we are paying the salaries of convicted murderers?”
In February, the PA pledged an extra $46 million a year to released terrorists, money inevitably coming from US taxpayers given the $46 million the PA is set to receive in 2014 from America.
In the meeting, Daube presented Danon with a letter from the parents which he brought to Congress two weeks ago.
“The spilled blood of innocent Jewish and Arab civilians is offered to the Arab street as proof of valor and courage. This is a sick perversion of reality,” charges the letter.
The release of terrorists, and the ensuing PA praise of them as “heroes,” only incites future terror, argues the letter, noting “all who wish harm on Israel observe that the Jewish state is willing to release the murderers of its children for a few moments of positive media coverage.”
Read more at Arutz Sheva.