Mar 18 2009
Justice minister says Israel has several legal means in which it can worsen conditions of Palestinian prisoners’ confinement; says special committee to explore minimizing visitation, phone privileges.
The end of the left wing Israeli Government is near. No more coddling terrorist prisoners, no more land for peace deals, and hopefully no more two-state solution fiascos.
Cabinet discusses failure of talks aimed at securing Gilad Shalit’s release for about three hours. Special ministerial committee appointed to examine ways to pressure Hamas.
Justice minister compares Hamas to Hitler, says ‘some lines will not be crossed’ The committee, headed by Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann, stands to explore the possibility of worsening the confinement conditions of security prisoners as means of leverage over Hamas.
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz has also been named for the committee.“As far as I know some (prisoners) enjoy more than minimal privileges,” Friedmann told Ynet. “There are several steps we can take without breaking the law, such as reducing visitation rights and phone privileges, and controlling allowances.”
The committee, he added, will be briefed on the legal recourse available to Israel: “We have to look into the conditions they have now. There are certain questions that need to be examined and then we will make the necessary decisions.” The committee will explore whether or not security prisoners have been given more than the minimal prison conditions and what can be done to minimize their privileges.”
“The prime minister did everything in his power and went above and beyond to ensure Shalit’s retune,” said Friedmann when asked about the impasse in Israel’s negotiations with Hamas. “There is this (public) notion that once a terror group makes demands we have to immediately agree to them. That is an irresponsible approach that comes with a heavy price.
YNET NEWS HAT TIP: DEBBIE IN ISRAEL
UNTIL NOW, when a prisoner is released and returns to Gaza, his quality of life drops significantly. With 3 halal meals a day with all the fixin’s, 3 hours of recreation with plenty of games and sporting equipment, a soda, candy, and cigarette canteen, life in an Israeli prison is closer to summer camp than jail.
“I could not hold back any longer… I see Gilad Shalit, who was abducted by Palestinian militants in June 2006 on the Gaza border rotting in captivity, crouched in some darkened cellar with no visits, no reasonable living conditions, without seeing the light of day, while in contrast, in our prisons its one big summer camp,” the official said in explanation of his media interview. “Some of [the terrorists] are lowly murderers who express no regret. They eat, drink, study, enjoy excellent conditions. It’s shocking.”