477 Palestinian Prisoners to Be Freed

Monday, October 17, 2011

Palestinian Prisoners Transported In Preparation For Gilad Shalit Exchange (Lior Mizrahi/Stringer/Getty)

Israel released the names of the 477 Palestinian prisoners it will free on Tuesday in exchange for captured soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been held by Hamas since 2006. Most of the prisoners were serving life sentences for violent crimes, including murder. About 200 of the prisoners will not be allowed to return home, and will be exiled to Qatar and Turkey. A poll by Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth found nearly 79 percent of Israelis support the swap.

Arnold Roth is not among them. Roth lost his daughter in 2001 after a suicide bomber blew up a pizza restaurant in Jerusalem. The woman who drove the bomber, and may have had a hand in plotting the attack is one of those being released tomorrow. Roth share his thoughts on the idea of her and many other convicted prisoners being released.

Comments [3]

Angel from Miami, FL

I have noticed that one people's terrorist is another people's freedom fighter. I'm guessing the Israelis considered the Irgun, a right wing Zionist terrorist group, as freedom fighters when they bombed the King David Hotel killing and injuring over 100 people in the mid-1940s. Once you learn about Israel's history you have to wonder who is the "victim" here. The US should stop providing financial aid to all parties and leave this fiasco to the United Nations.

Oct. 18 2011 01:40 PM

Notice the concern is not that this soldier was held for years in stark violation of international law as terrorists are about to be welcomed as heroes in a proposed Palestinian state and member of the UN. Instead the focus is on the painful moral dilemma and wedge issues within Israeli society.
Does no such moral dilemma trouble Palestinians?

Oct. 17 2011 03:49 PM

The hosts of this show shouldn't be so reckless with language as to claim, in their chatter, that Israelis consider the prisoner release a "diplomatic victory" or are "happy" with it. Those characterizations do not fit the anguish of this decision.

Oct. 17 2011 01:03 PM

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