Ex-minister who lost soldier son on Oct. 7 says he supports release of ‘abominable murderers’ for hostages

Izhar Shay poses at the Knesset, on April 29, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)
Izhar Shay poses at the Knesset, on April 29, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

Former science and technology minister Izhar Shay, whose son, IDF Sgt. Yaron Oree Shay, was killed on October 7 defending an Israeli community during Hamas’s attack on Israel, says he would support the release of “abominable murderers” in exchange for the release of hostages taken during the massacre.

Talks are set to resume Monday in Doha on a deal to secure a temporary halt in fighting in Gaza and the release of hostages in exchange for Palestinian security prisoners. The discussions will cover the remaining gaps between Israel and Hamas, including the number of Palestinian prisoners who could potentially be released in the deal, as well as humanitarian aid to Gaza. Hamas is said to have demanded the release of 700-1000 Palestinian prisoners, among them some 100 of whom are serving life sentences for terror offenses.

In a post on X, Shay says he writes with “trembling hands” to say that if the “despicable [Hamas] terrorist who killed my son was currently in an Israeli prison, I would be happy to watch his execution” but that if his release could secure freedom for Israeli hostages, he would call on the government to sign the deal.

Yaron Oree Shay in an undated photo from his father Izhar Shay. (used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law).

“If it is possible to bring home Israeli hostages from Gaza in exchange for the poor soul of this scum and his friends in the human sewer called Hamas, I call on the prime minister and the cabinet ministers: release the abominable murderers and bring the hostages home,” he writes.

“The life of one Israeli is worth no less…And so, take the one who took my son from me, and also [took] my life, [and] bring our people home. Because they deserve to live and it is your duty to make sure they exercise this right,” he says.

“The hands are shaking as I write these words, but the heart is completely intact,” writes Shay.

In December, Shay said he received threats and abuse since the death of his son on October 7. Yaron Oree Shay was fighting terrorists and defending Kibbutz Kerem Shalom that day.

Since his son’s death, Shay, a tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist, has called on fellow tech investors and founders to join his initiative to commit to founding a new startup for each of the victims of the attacks, and the heroes who gave their lives to protect the country.

Shay represented Benny Gantz’s former Blue and White party between 2019 and 2021.

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