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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Should Israel release 1,000 terrorists for Gilad Shalit

If anyone still believes that Israel should release 1,000 terrorists in exchange for Gilad Shalit, maybe this video about the potential consequences will change your mind. As Amos Harel writes in Haaretz,
despite everything, a deal now appears to be closer than ever. On the Israeli side, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to end the problem once and for all; on the Palestinian side, 11 months after the drubbing it took in Operation Cast Lead, Hamas in Gaza needs a success that will go some way toward offsetting its failure then. If Netanyahu goes for the deal - which the Palestinians must approve - he will have the support of Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi. Ashkenazi is playing up his commitment to bringing home Shalit, a combat soldier. In conversations with soldiers and officers in field units, they express support for a deal. But senior officers do not all agree: Two officers, from two different units, expressed anger regarding what they see as Israeli society's obsession with Shalit and concerned that the exchange will be a shot in the arm to the terror organizations.

A few days ago a simple but effective clip objecting to the proposed deal began making the rounds on the Internet. It cuts between the recent video of Shalit issued by his captors with images of sites of terror attacks, and ends with smiling photos of their victims, many of them young. The photos are a painful reminder, not least because the Shin Bet security service is known to impute the murder of dozens of Israelis to terrorists who were released in the Tennenbaum deal.
You're about to see that video. Unfortunately, it's only in Hebrew. If anyone has it in English, please send me the URL or embed code and I will replace the Hebrew with an English subtitled version (this is the only video the person with the YouTube account has ever posted). But even if you don't understand Hebrew, it's quite powerful.

Let's go to the videotape.


At 10:27 PM, Blogger nomatter said...

I personally find the release of one terrorist completely repulsive. However because Israel did not make decisive moves to punish the terrorists of Gaza when Gilad was abducted there is no choice now but to cave. Yes, and by caving we invite more abductions.

Furthermore, because the world gives a sh*t for the blood of not even one innocent Israeli no pressure has been placed on Hamas by world bodies. Matter of fact, more pressure has been placed on us; more hate has been thrown our way. Since the kidnapping we have been further reduced to pariah status while at the same time the world pities his captors. Face it, no one cares. We stand alone and have no friends.

The worst part of this whole rotten scenario is a consequence no one wants. If we do nothing our precious boys thrown into military service the moment they matriculate will become more reluctant to serve then they already are.

I hate to say it, but they have no valid excuse to not serve while others do. This in and of itself is a cause of ambivalence. So friends, what is the value of one of our boys? This is the bitter pill we must swallow. Swallow it or there will be an uprising!

Thank you.

At 2:19 AM, Blogger MUSHI said...

i don't know when the things went all up side down.

before it was: "you kill one of us, we kill 100 of you"...

i miss those times

At 3:03 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Nomatter, I agree. But Israel's concern for Jews means having to engage in repulsive deals to bring Jews home. This means compromising national goals or even strategy to make sure families are not separated from loved ones. The key value of the IDF is the knowledge no Israeli will be abandoned to the enemy. We don't have to like or accept what being done in the name of Shalit. But its going to happen anyway. The public pressures in Israel are simply too strong to avoid to doing all the necessary to bring him back home to his family and to the nation.


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