Today, the IDF shot and killed the 3 palestinian terrorists who murdered Israeli father-of-seven Meir Hai on Thursday.
And guess what? They included one who had recently been released from an Israeli prison and one who agreed to lay down his arms in exchange for Israel’s promise not to hunt him down.
Deal over, scumbags.
Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinians of President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement on Saturday in the West Bank city of Nablus, medical officials and sources with the group said.
The shootings came two days after Meir Avshalom Hai was killed in a roadside ambush in the West Bank, land Israel captured in a 1967 war that Palestinians seek for a state.
The army said the three gunmen had carried out the attack on Hai.
Central Command chief Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrahi said, “The IDF and the Shin Bet will act with resolve against all those looking to harm the State of Israel’s citizens and security forces. We will not rest until we settle the score with those involved in last week’s deadly attack.”
The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades of Fatah was one of two Palestinian militant groups that claimed responsibility for what was the first fatal shooting of an Israeli in an attack by militants in the territory in eight months.
Medics said soldiers entered the casbah of Nablus as well as the Ras al-Ayin region at around 4 am on Saturday. Then soldiers surrounded the homes of the Palestinians before shooting and killing them.
The Al-Aqsa Brigades gunmen who were killed were identified as Raghsan Abu Sharah (40), Anan Sabah (36), and Raed a-Sarkaji (40), who was recently released from an Israeli prison after seven years. Sources said a-Sucharji’s wife had been injured during the shootings.
The three gunmen were well-known Tanzim figures. Sabah was included in the amnesty agreement with Israel, in which Fatah gunmen agreed to lay down their arms in exchange for Israel’s promise not to hunt them down.
What great timing; a stark reminder as to why Israel should not be releasing terrorists. In fact, Israel should not be capturing them alive if you ask me.
Meanwhile, Mahmoud Abbas issued a condemnation.
Clue: Not of the terrorists who carried out the murder and who are affiliated with his Fatah party.
An aide to Palestinian President Abbas condemned Israel’s killing of six Palestinians (the three terrorists, plus three other palestinians trying to infiltrate into Israel – ed) on Saturday, accusing the Jewish state of escalating the violence.
Nabil Abu Rdainah said, “This grave Israeli escalation shows Israel is not interested in peace and is trying to explode the situation.”
“Israel is torpedoing international and American efforts to restart peace talks,” which stalled a year ago, Rdainah said.
And let’s not forget to mention that the PA were represented at the funeral.
The funeral procession, attended by Palestinian Authority officials, was accompanied by many calls for retaliation for the IDF operation and promises to avenge the deaths.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press have run the story with their usual aversion to the word “terrorist.”
Heck, they couldn’t even use “militant.”
Palestinians take the body of Anan Subeh, a Fatah activist to an ambulance who was killed during an Israeli army operation in the West Bank city of Nablus, Palestine, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009. Palestinian officials say Israeli troops have killed three activists of the Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Saturday’s operation in Nablus’ old city came two days after Palestinian gunmen killed an Israeli in a West Bank ambush. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)
As if he was killed while handing out fliers.
Update: A number of “fails”:
FAIL #1: Despite the facts 1) the terrorists were affiliated with the PA 2) The PA condemned Israel for killing them and 3) PA representatives attended the funerals, sources in the IDF lauded the Palestinian security establishment for its conduct following the terror attack, calling it “determined and impressive.”
The sources further noted that some 120 suspects have been detained by the Palestinian security establishment since the attack on Thursday, in an attempt to apprehend the responsible terrorist cell. The fourth suspect reportedly turned himself in to the authorities prior to the Saturday military operation.
“They acted with determination, but alongside that we have the responsibility to act against whoever executed the attack and settle the score with them,” said a senior officer with the Central Command.
FAIL #2: “Human rights” group B’Tselem has accused the IDF of executing the terrorists while they were unarmed.
According to B’Tselem, in two of the three cases the troops behaved as if they were preparing for an execution, not an arrest. Relatives and eyewitnesses told B’Tselem that the two were unarmed and did not attempt to flee, and that the soldiers weren’t trying to stop them, but rather shot them from close range once their identity was revealed. There were no witnesses to the shooting of the third man.
FAIL #3: One of the terrorists used his wife as a human shield.
The two refused to leave their houses, and continued hiding inside even after IDF forces used different methods including shots in the air in order to make the two surrender. Abu Sharah sent his wife out to face the soldiers, but did not agree to step out himself.