Bennett Leads Effort to Halt Palestinian Prisoner Release Following West Bank Attacks

Economy Minister, six other ministers send a letter to Netanyahu urging him to convene cabinet and discuss prisoner policy.

Economy Minister and Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett is leading an effort to halt the release of Palestinian prisoners, following the killing of two Israel Defense Forces soldiers this week.

Bennet and fellow Habyait Heyehudi ministers Uri Ariel and Uri Orbach have also enlisted the help of Likud minister Yisrael Katz and three ministers from Yisrael Beiteinu, Yair Shamir, Uzi Landau and Sofa Landver.

The seven ministers sent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a letter on Monday, calling him to convene the government as soon as possible to discuss the policy of prisoner release in light of the recent developments.

Bennett attended the funeral on Monday of Staff Sergeant Gal (Gabriel) Kobi, 20, of Tirat Hacarmel, who was killed in a shooting attack near Hebron on Sunday. Bennett said that "we will fight to uproot the notion that murderers can be released just like that. The murderers will be severely punished, and we will do everything in our power to prevent the possibility of them ever being released."

Bennett also said, "We will not allow Jewish blood to be the cheapest commodity in the Middle East."

Sunday's shooting occurred a day after 20-year-old IDF soldier Tomer Hazan was founded murdered in the West Bank city of Qalqilyah. Hazan, a resident of Bat Yam in central Israel, was reported missing after failing to contact his family since Friday morning.