More goodwill gestures. More concessions. Apparently, Israel’s release of 250 imprisoned Fatah members was not enough to “strengthen” Mahmoud Abbas, so Israeli PM Olmert has decided to take one more step towards the abyss: amnesty for mass murderers. Olmert probably figures, Why bother to hunt them down if they will be released anyway?
“Fatah men turn in their guns; amnesty for Zbeidi,” by Aluf Benn, Avi Issacharoff and Amos Harel for Haaretz:
The Prime Minister’s Office, apologizing for an earlier denial, acknowleged Sunday that Zacharia Zbeidi, head of the Fatah Tanzim militia in the West Bank city of Jenin and one of the highest-profile Fatah commanders on Israeli wanted lists in the territories, is among nearly 200 militants to whom Israel plans to offer amnesty.
The offer is one of the package of measures which Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is to present to Mahmoud Abbas in a meeting with the Palestinian Authority chairman on Sunday. The gestures will also include a release of prisoners.
On Saturday, an Israeli official denied Palestinian reports that Zbeidi was on the list. But the Prime Minister’s Office reversed course on Sunday morning, conceding that the reports were correct.
The effective amnesty would extend to nearly 75 percent of the wanted militants of the Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades. Scores of the fugitive militants began signing a document Saturday that announced their resignation from the paramilitary organization and a promise to refrain from terrorism. As of Saturday night, nearly 150 of the 178 militants had signed the document.
As so many of them have promised in the past”¦.no more terror.
In “Olmert confirms amnesty deal for wanted Fatah gunmen” in Ynet, a delusional senior Israeli explains the move:
“The agreement serves Israel’s interests in that the Fatah men on the list will lay down their arms and leave the cycle of terror,” a senior Israeli official said.
They signed the paper, didn’t they? Not only will the amnesty release the terrorists from any responsibility from the deaths of hundreds; it will also give them freedom of activity to plan more. They will be free to roam without any fear of assassination or incarceration.
“The Palestinians will benefit from the fact that Israel will cease to hunt down those who form the foundation of Abbas” forces in the West Bank.”
And Israelis will pay the price at the cemetery. Here is a brief bit on the al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade, of which 75% percent of its members will receive amnesty.
Olmert continues the perverse Western-backed policy of supporting the “moderate” terrorists known as Fatah, in order to isolate the “real bad” terrorists known as Hamas. No one seems to have caught on yet that there is no such thing as a good terrorist. Fatah and Hamas share the same goal: the destruction of Israel. The only difference between the two is the way to go about it — with a gun or with a smile. The end result, however, is the same in both playbooks.
No good will come of this. Abbas will not be strengthened and Hamas will not be weakened. More Israeli will die as more Jihadists are released.
Ehud Olmert has become an enemy of the Jews and Israel. He is the best thing that ever happened to the Fatah jihadists. He has become a true supporter of their cause. Who will grant him amnesty?
Crossposted from The American Israeli Patriot.