Professor Ada Yontah, who became the first Israeli woman to win a Nobel Prize this week, shared her political views in an interview with Army Radio on Saturday.
Referring to the Shalit affair, Yonath said that regardless of the deal “Anyone who is imprisoned in Israel who is not just a criminal but what we refer to as a terrorist, with or without blood on his hands – these definitions too are unclear to me – should not be imprisoned here.”
“We need to think of ways to ensure that people would not be motivated to kill and get killed,” Professor Yonath said. She stressed that responsibility for solving the problem should not lie solely with Israel, but noted that Israel “should do its best” to solve it.
Asked whether Israel should solve its political problems by releasing all terrorists, Yonath replied: “It’s not just a political issue, these are people who usually have no hope for the future, no reason to want to live, and therefore they don’t care if others don’t live…It doesn’t happen to those who have options for life…we can change that.” [continued…]