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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Got a big one in Tulkarm

On Tuesday night, the IDF captured Omer Jaber, the commander of Hamas forces in Tulkarm, without firing a shot. Jaber has been one of the most sought after terrorists in the country for six years, since March 27, 2002, when a suicide bomber murdered 30 people and wounded 140 in the Park Hotel in Netanya on the seder night, the first night of Passover.
Jaber, 54, was released from an Israeli prison in 1994 and began setting up Hamas terror infrastructure in Tulkarm. In 2002, he was responsible for drafting the guide responsible for leading the suicide bomber to the Park Hotel and introduced him to Hamas's top commander in Tulkarm at the time, Abbas Said.

Later, Jaber planned the route that the guide would take with the bomber from Tulkarm to Netanya on Seder night, March 27, 2002.

The suicide attack killed 30 Israelis and injured over 140 more and motivated then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to launch Operation Defensive Shield under which the IDF conducted military operations throughout the entire West Bank and in every major Palestinian city.

Since 2002, military sources said, Jaber has been actively working to set up a Hamas military force in Tulakrm modeled after the Executive Force which succeeded in defeating Fatah and conquering the Gaza Strip in June. He was directly involved in financing the force, purchasing weaponry and recruiting fighters.
Ironically, earlier today, Noam Schalit, the father of captured IDF corporal Gilad Shalit, complained that his son is "the only to pay the price" for the 'failure' of the government and the IDF to arrange for an exchange of terrorists in return for Gilad's release.
Noam Schalit lashed out at Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his government on Wednesday for their inability to follow through in the efforts to precipitate the release of his son, IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Schalit, who has been held captive by Hamas in the Gaza Strip for over a year and a half.

Schalit, who was speaking at Bar Ilan University during an event dedicated to raising awareness to the plight of soldiers being held by terror organizations, accused Olmert of hesitating and procrastinating, and contrasted the prime minister with his predecessors, who, he claimed, knew how to make decisions.

The IDF was also not spared criticism from Schalit, who charged that the military could have averted the kidnapping had it paid attention to the warning signs. "The writing was on the wall even before the kidnapping, which could have been avoided," he asserted. "Why was Gilad the only one to pay the price from amongst the entire chain of command?"
With all the sympathy in the world for Gilad Shalit's plight, is his father suggesting that thirty other Israelis should pay with their lives for the release of the next Omer Jaber in exchange for Gilad?


At 7:55 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Noam Shalit is both a far Left moonbat as well as a grief stricken father. His son Gilad would not want the lives of other Jews sacrificed to save his own. Of course, Jews are concerned with redeeming captives but they are so guided by moral imperatives since every single human life is precious. Its not Israel that is standing in the way of Shalit's freedom - its Hamas. I haven't much agreed with Ehud Olmert but it seems to me the bottom line is that Israel's security is far too important to be sacrificed even for the sake of a single individual.

Since otherwise, freed terrorists like Omer Jaber will go on to murder many more Jews in the future. The freedom of Shalit's son is not worth endangering other Jews since as the Talmud says, if an enemy demands other people be killed to save a Jew he holds in captivity, his demand must be refused on the grounds that no blood is redder than one's own. The Jew is to the contrary commanded to choose death in three instances: idolatry, murder and sexual immorality.

One must revere Heaven and that principle at times overrides the customary concern for the individual welfare since one must fight evil and obey G-d. That is always the Jew's first duty.


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