Israel’s prime minister has warned the Palestinian militants freed in a prisoner swap that they will be punished if they return to violence.

Mr. Netanyahu issued the warning after greeting the lone Israeli soldier freed in the swap, in which Israel is releasing more than 1,000 prisoners. Some 300 of them had been serving life sentences for deadly attacks on Israelis.

Mr. Netanyahu said he understood the pain of Israeli families who have lost relatives in Palestinian violence.

He said, “We will continue to fight terror and every released terrorist who returns to terror will be held accountable.”

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