Israel released these terrorists because the PA demanded Israel release 104 prisoners from jail, all of them murderers, in order for the PA to resume peace negotiations with Israel.
Three released terrorist "heroes" celebrated with Abbas on stage:
In September 2013, on the same day that Abbas was at the UN talking about peace, the PA held a memorial honoring terrorist Abu Sukkar who planned a bombing in 1975 using a refrigerator filled with explosives. 15 Israelis were killed and over 60 were wounded in that attack. Abbas, in his speech for the event (which was read by Jibril Rajoub), called the murderer "a hero," "a legend," and "a beacon."
In his recent speech to the released terrorists, Abbas promised that "there will be no final agreement [with Israel] unless all the prisoners are in their homes." PMW has reported that in the past, Abbas has stated that his goal is to see the release of specific terrorists, who Israel refuses to release because of the severity of their crimes. When Israel released 1,027 terrorists in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years, Abbas ended his welcome speech wishing for the release of four specific murderers:
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The following is an excerpt from Abbas' speech in which he referred to released murderers as "heroes" four times:
Jamal Abu Muhsin - stabbed 76 year-old Shlomo Yahya to death in a park on September 26, 1991. He was serving a life sentence but was released in December 2013 as one of the 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Na'im Al-Shawamreh - was arrested on March 14, 1995 for placing the explosive device that killed Yossi Hayoun, a police sapper, while he was defusing the bomb (June, 1993). Al-Shawamreh was serving a life sentence but was released in December 2013 as part of the 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Ahmad Kmeil - was the commander of the terrorist cell that murdered soldier Yoram Cohen and 15 Palestinians who they suspected of collaborating with Israel. He was serving 16 life sentences but was released in December 2013 as one of the 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.