The following snippet was written by Attila Somfalvi and published at Y-Net.
The cabinet approved Sunday the release of 104 security prisoners with a majority of 13 ministers voting in favor, and seven ministers opposing the decision. Minister Limor Livnat and Silvan Shalom abstained.Gee, I find myself even more nauseated than usual.
According to the resolution, 104 prisoners will be released and a ministerial committee to be headed by Netanyahu and ministers Ya'alon, Livni, Aharonovitch and Peri will be established to supervise the process as part of the negotiations with the Palestinians. In addition, if it would be decided to release Arab-Israeli prisoners, the matter will be brought for reapproval of the cabinet.
This is deeply immoral, deeply counterproductive, and deeply humiliating to the Jewish State of Israel.
If I have avoided judging Netanyahu too harshly in the past, I think that I will probably not make that same mistake going forward. And, again, how is it that, if the local Arabs are such a persecuted and oppressed people, they require Israel-Jewish concessions before they will even agree to negotiate the end of that persecution and oppression within a state of their own?
How persecuted can one be if one refuses to give up that persecution unless the one doing the alleged persecuting gives in to such outrageous demands?
Furthermore, of course, this tells the Palestinian Authority, if not the local Arabs, more generally, that intransigence works. Why should the PA negotiate when they know that the EU and Obama will pressure Israel into giving in to their demands?
I cannot even begin to imagine what Netanyahu was thinking and must assume that there is much more going on behind the scenes than we realize.