Freeing anymore prisoners (merely for political posturing), will not only make a mockery out of the Israeli justice system, but it further encourages a "something for nothing" attitude with the Palestinian leadership. If Abbas is losing relevancy, you don't reward it by releasing more convicted felons. Granted Abbas is the lesser of two evils (between him an Hamas) but you have to remember you're dealing with people who yet to have ever recognize Israel as a Jewish country. You pulled out of Gaza entirely and you got rockets launched at you, and abductions. You put a moratorium on settlement construction for a year, and you got in return Abbas grooming his big theatrical appearance at the UN for unilateral state recognition. So now you're going to reward NOTHING on their part, with MORE pardons of convicts? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
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