JERUSALEM (Aug. 21)
An Israeli military court has sentenced a Palestinian to 22 years in prison for aiding the Hamas terrorists who kidnapped and murdered Israeli Cpl. Nachshon Waxman two years ago.
Zakariya Lutfi Najib, 40, was convicted, among other things, of renting the house in a West Bank village north of Jerusalem where Waxman was held.
Waxman was killed Oct. 14, 1994, during a rescue attempt by Israeli commandos.
Three kidnappers and an Israeli officer, Capt. Nir Poraz, were also killed during the exchange of gunfire.
Waxman’s parents were angered by Wednesday’s sentence, saying that it was too lenient.
Earlier this month, an Islamic militant was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in Waxman’s kidnapping.
Waxman’s mother, Esther, said at the time she was appalled that the court had not handed down a sentence of life imprisonment.
She also said she believed that the death penalty was warranted.