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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Rabbi Meir Chai did not die in vain

Thursday afternoon's murder of Rabbi Meir Chai HY"D (may God avenge his blood) in Samaria may yet be regarded as the seminal event that convinced the government not to go through with the 'terrorists for Gilad' trade.
"At this point, there's no deal, and it's not clear whether or not there will be a deal," he said. "If it comes to a vote, I'll bring it to the government, but we're not there yet, and I don't know if we ever will be."

The prime minister added that though Israel wants to bring captives back home, "We need to minimize risk to civilians."

He went on to point out the connection between terrorist acts committed against Israeli civilians and the difficult of releasing prisoners sentenced for such acts, made all the more stark as details of the murder of Rabbi Meir Chai began to unfold on Saturday and Sunday.


Various sources reported on Sunday morning that Raed Sarkaji, one of Fatah's Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades members killed by IDF troops during an operation to apprehend those responsible for Chai's murder, had been interred in an Israeli prisoner until January 2009.

It seemed as though it had taken Sarkaji almost no time at all to return to terrorism, the very activity for which he was arrested in the first place.
Hmmm. If the 'terrorists for Gilad' deal is canceled as a result of Rabbi Chai's murder, hundreds of other Israeli lives may be saved. Food for thought.


At 10:58 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - as Caroline Glick pointed out over Shabbat - the biggest cheerleader for a mass terrorists for Shalit deal was none other than IDF Chief Of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi. While pushing hard for a deal that would imperil the country, Ashkenazi and his fellow generals have refused to present to the government a military option for Shalit's rescue. It may be Rabbi Chai's murder may turn out to have a sliver lining after all - if it prevents such deals from happening in the future.


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