Patterico's Pontifications

7/7/2003

CONFUSED: Why is Israel releasing

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:49 am

CONFUSED: Why is Israel releasing Palestinian prisoners? Not to mollify Hamas or Islamic Jihad — members of those groups continue to be held. This won’t even mollify most Palestinians — marchers in Gaza chanted “No peace without the freedom of all!”

Israel says it won’t release those directly involved in killing Israeli citizens, leaving open the possibility of releasing people indirectly involved. Also: “Those at the top of the release list include women, juveniles, the infirm and those already approaching the end of a long jail sentence, Israeli officials said.”

So if they had Osama in custody — a reportedly infirm fellow who has only indirectly helped slaughter citizens — would they let him go?


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