Senior terrorists granted full amnesty by PM Olmert
By Aaron Klein
Â© 2008 WorldNetDaily
Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
JERUSALEM â€“ Israel last week granted complete amnesty to a handful of senior terrorists, including the leaders of a terror cell responsible for a 2006 suicide bombing in which an American teenager and 10 other civilians were murdered, WND has learned.
Last June, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert granted temporary amnesty to 178 terrorists on condition they disarm, refrain from attacks and spend three months in PA detention facilities and another three months confined to the West Bank city in which they reside.
If the terrorists complete their side of the deal, Olmert’s office would grant permanent amnesty to the terrorists, allowing them freedom of movement in the West Bank and taking them off Israel’s most wanted list of terrorists to ensure they are not arrested.
The pardoned terrorists are all members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah organization. The amnesty was granted as a stated Israeli gesture to help bolster Abbas against rival Hamas.
In spite of rampant Israeli media reports that many of the 178 pardoned terrorists refused to disarm and continued carrying out attacks, Olmert last October pardoned 48 more Al Aqsa Brigades members and earlier this year pardoned at least 80 more â€“ again on condition they disarm, refrain from attacks, spend three months in PA detention facilities and another three months confined to whichever northern West Bank city in which they reside.
About 45 percent of the temporarily pardoned terrorists received permanent Israeli amnesty in coordination with Olmert’s office and Israel’s Shin Bet Security Services.
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Last week, several more senior terrorists received permanent amnesty, purportedly for abiding by the Israeli conditions for a pardon.
WND obtained the list of pardoned terrorists, which Olmert’s office is keeping confidential. Among the now officially pardoned terrorists are:
Nasser Abu Aziz, who was the second-in-command of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the northern West Bank city of Nablus â€“ the Brigades’ main stronghold. Aziz was also considered the No. 2 leader in the Brigade’s West Bank terrorist infrastructure.
Daniel Wultz, the Florida teen killed by suicide bombing
According to Israeli security officials and Aziz’s own admission during in-person interviews with WND, among the major attacks directly orchestrated by his cell was an April 17, 2006, suicide bombing in a Tel Aviv bus station eatery in which nine Israelis were murdered and over 60 people were injured. A tenth Israeli died of his wounds several days after the bombing.
Florida teenager Daniel Wultz, who was visiting Israel with his family on Passover vacation, was critically wounded in the bombing, reportedly losing his spleen, a kidney and a leg. His father, Tuly, was moderately wounded. Daniel Wultz died of his wounds about a month after the attack.
The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades took responsibility for the suicide bombing along with the Islamic Jihad terror group. Palestinian security sources said the Brigades planned the attack and that Islamic Jihad provided the suicide belt as a symbolic gesture to take part in the bombing.
In an exclusive interview with WND, Aziz, now considered an ordinary Palestinian citizen, called Wultz’s death a “gift from Allah” and revenge against American Jewish support for Israel.
Ahmed Abu Salta, who served under Aziz and was considered the No. 3 leader of the Brigades in Nablus. According to Israeli security officials, Salta was part of the same cell that planned the suicide bombing in which Wultz was killed.
Rabia Hamed, the second-in-command of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the West Bank city of Ramallah. According to Israeli security officials, Hamed took part in scores of shooting attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers in the West Bank. He was part of a cell that murdered nationalist Israeli leader Benyamin Kahane in a December 2000 shooting.
Zacharia Zbedei, the infamous leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the West Bank city of Jenin.
Israel granted the above names full amnesty in spite of information dozens of terrorists recently granted full amnesty were later involved in attacks. Just this weekend, Israeli forces arrested Maamun Hamdan, an Al Aqsa member who was given a complete pardon, on information he was planning an eminent attack meant for central Israel. Last week, Israel arrested Muhammad Qutawi, another Brigades leader given a full pardon. Qutawi is also accused of planning an attack meant for central Israel.