MK slams hunger strike deal as ‘serious mistake’ (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By GABE FISHER 05/15/12)
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Danny Danon says concessions give ‘prize’ to terrorists, plans to
appeal agreement in Knesset
The Egyptian-mediated agreement to end the weeks-long hunger strike
of Palestinian prisoners was a mistake, Likud MK Danny Danon told
Israel Radio on Tuesday morning.
The deal, announced on Monday, grants better conditions, including
family visits, to prisoners held under administrative detention. Part
of the deal includes modification of Israel’s administrative
detention policy as well. In return, the prisoners agreed to sign a
pledge renouncing terrorism, a controversial stipulation that critics
say is nonbinding.
“This deal was a serious mistake; instead of making things tougher
for the terrorists they are giving them a prize,” said Danon. “The
situation for security prisoners must be clear: no family visits, no
special benefits. And key prisoners must be in solitary confinement.”
Danon plans to bring the matter up before the Knesset Foreign Affairs
and Defense Committee in an attempt to block implementation of the
deal, according to a report by Arutz Sheva.
Danon also said that just as Israel would not grant a Hezbollah
member held in an Israeli jail family visits, similarly members of
Hamas should not be able to receive visitors either, as both groups
deny the existence of Israel.
The Almagor Terror Victims Association also came out against the
agreement on Tuesday, saying in an official statement that it set a
dangerous precedent as it was the first time the government had
signed a deal with imprisoned terrorists. The group also slammed the
involvement of Egyptian mediators in internal Israeli affairs. (©
2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 05/15/12)
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