Family: Israeli soldier likely released Tuesday
In Israel, concern over the consequences of the deal clouded joy over the prospect of freedom for the soldier.
Early Friday, a man whose parents and three of his siblings were killed in a Palestinian suicide bombing vandalized an Israeli memorial to protest the deal.
The suspect was identified in Israeli media as Shvuel Schijveschuurder, 27. He splashed paint and scrawled graffiti on the memorial of slain Israeli leader Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv. Rabin was assassinated by an extremist Israeli who opposed his plan to trade West Bank and Gaza land for peace with the Palestinians.
Schijveschuurder’s parents and three siblings were among 15 people killed in a 2001 suicide bombing at a restaurant in Jerusalem.
One of the 1,027 Palestinians set to be released was involved in that bombing.
In August, Schijveschuurder said he feared the release of prisoners would lead to more violence.
“We must not return a single Palestinian prisoner sentenced to life in prison in Israel,” he told YNet News then.
Associated Press writer Ibrahim Barzak contributed to this report from Gaza City, Gaza Strip.