If Barghouti can be released, Israel cannot hold anyone

Marwan BarghoutiWill Israel free multiple murderer Marwan Barghouti?

Israel is reviewing a list of hundreds of Palestinians prisoners that captors of an Israeli soldier want to release, an official and media reports said Sunday.

There were conflicting reports on Cpl. Gilad Shalit’s captors’ demands. Some said the list contained close to 500 names, while others said there were over 1,000. A Palestinian close to the negotiations was told that among those on the list is a popular Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five consecutive life terms for his role in shooting attacks that killed four Israelis and a Greek monk. — Al-Bawaba (Jordan)

Unfortunately, reason tells us that if a man like Barghouti can be released, then Israel cannot hold anyone. All that’s necessary is for the terrorists to snatch a soldier, or anyone else, off the street.

As I’ve written before, one way to stop this would be to institute and carry out the death penalty for murder with terrorist motives.

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