(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israel on Saturday night published the names of 26 Palestinian terrorist prisoners to be freed in the third installment of its prisoner release for negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. The release is expected to take place Monday night.
The prisoners to be released are nearly all convicted of murdering Israeli civilians, soldiers or Palestinian collaborators, according to the Israel Prison Services website, and have all served 19-28 years of their terms. Among the murderers being released are Muammar Ata Mahmoud Mahmoud and Salah Khalil Ahmad Ibrahim, convicted of stabbing Menahem Stern to death. Stern was a history professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and winner of the prestigious Israel Prize.