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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Terrorists' ultimatum expires

Good morning and Happy Independence Day to my US readers (usually the majority according to the Site Meter).

The 'deadline' for Israel to start releasing terrorists in exchange for either information or the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit (it was never really clear which we would get) expired about two hours ago, and so far nothing has happened except that the 'Army of Islam,' one of the groups holding the kidnapped soldier, has said that no further information about Shalit's fate would be forthcoming. But I think it is clear to everyone that Shalit is worth more to the kidnappers alive than dead, assuming that his condition is verifiable and that the kidnappers have not killed him already. Both of those are big assumptions. There has been some speculation that one of the reasons the ultimatum was issued was that there has been a deterioration in Shalit's medical condition, and the terrorists wanted to get something for Shalit while he was still in good enough condition to be traded.

The London-based Arabic newspaper al-Hayat is reporting that Israel is continuing to negotiate for Shalit's release, despite statements by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Comrade Peretz to the contrary.

Overnight, the IDF sent helicopters to bomb more empty buildings - this time the Islamic University in Gaza, which is a Hamas stronghold - and empty fields in Beit Hanoun, which are used to launch Kassam rockets. A Hamas terrorist was killed in Beit Hanoun when he did not get out of the way in time.


At 10:05 AM, Blogger Lois Koenig said...

' Hamas terrorist was killed in Beit Hanoun when he did not get out of the way in time.'

Clumsy terrorist! 72 burnt raisins for him. Again with the buildings? When is Olmert *spit* going to get a clue?

At 11:17 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

When he divorces his wife and disowns his children :-)


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