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Israel releases Temple Mount shooter

JERUSALEM, Oct. 28 (JTA) — Israel has released a U.S.-born Israeli who was convicted of killing a Palestinian during a 1982 shooting spree on the Temple Mount. Alan Goodman, who killed a mosque guard and wounded eight Muslim worshipers when he opened fire on the Temple Mount, was released from an Israeli prison Sunday after serving 16 years of a life sentence that had been reduced to 24 years. Goodman had claimed at the time that he was fighting for the return of the Temple Mount to the Jewish people. He was transferred to Ben-Gurion Airport, where he boarded a flight to the United States. Israeli officials agreed to release him on condition that he spend the next eight years in the United States. Goodman, 53, was quoted Monday in the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot as saying that he did not regret his shooting spree, but that he hoped “to live the rest of my life in quiet and peace.”

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