Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ugly Betrayal: Peres Pardoning Terrorists?

Sir, - Although I had deep misgivings about the awful price Israel had to pay for the release of Gilad Schalit, I had genuine feelings of joy and elation about his return to his family and home.

However, upon reading today's sub-headline on the front page "President's office preparing pardons for Peres to sign," I have the sense of ugly betrayal and deception being forcefully injected into my intense deliberations.

The need to choose between the urgings of the heart and the dictates of the brain, is in itself completely agonizing when the issue is only the release of hundreds of terrorists who have rivers of blood on their hands. The granting of pardons to these animals, however, offends our very souls and does violence to the ultimate meaning and foundations of our Justice system.

Petach Tikva

Image Credit: Tom Spender