Presidential Pardons Went into Effect

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COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF ISRAEL

Presidential Pardons Went into Effect

 

 

The Office of President Shimon Peres, in coordination with the IDF Spokesperson’s Office, announces that the pardons of the prisoners being released as part of the Shalit deal went, into effect a short while ago. It should be pointed out that President Peres attached a personal note to each of the pardon files that were transferred to the Defense and Justice Ministers.

 

The note said: I would like to inform you that I received your recommendations following the Government’s decision on this issue. I received this decision with grave consideration and with an aching heart. The voices of the terror victims and the deep grief of their families burns all of our hearts. I would like to note that my decision in this matter to exercise my authority in no way pardons or forgives these murderers and criminals. I do not forgive and forget. The sense of loss will never be erased. The heroism of the victims will not be forgotten. The attached sentence reductions are transferred to you for countersignature. Shimon Peres”