In a letter to Binyamin Netanyahu, the Almagor antiterror organization demanded that the prime minister promise not to release terrorists if Yitzchak Herzog joins the government – a scenario the group feels would be very likely.
Previous experience, the group said, shows that the release of terrorists is likely when Zionist Camp is in the government. “Such involvement, we have seen, comes at the expense of Israeli security, and provides positive news to the Palestinian Authority, including mass prisoner releases. A previous government freed 100 terrorists as a ‘gesture’ to the Palestinians to prompt them to enter into negotiations.”
Among the ideas being bruited about for Herzog’s entry into the government is to put him in charge of reviving the peace process, and providing him with “a long cord” of government “credit” with which to act in order to tempt the PA to enter into talks. The position would be similar to the one Tzipi Livni undertook in the previous government.
Speaking Tuesday, sources in the government quoted on Channel Two said that the next 48 hours were “crucial” to the negotiation process, and that a decision would likely be made either way by the latter part of the week.