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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Hamas threatens more kidnappings

Hamas really doesn't want to kidnap another Israeli now. They'd rather get their 1,000-1,400 terrorists for Gilad Shalit and then start the process over again. But a funny thing happened on the way to the terror club. It's been five years, and Israel is giving no indication that it's going to pay the price that Hamas wants. Unless they can lower the ratio. They're not willing to give up on the number of terrorists to be released, so they're talking about kidnapping another IDF soldier.
“Shalit’s kidnapping was not the first nor will it be the last,” he said. “We will return the ball to our court when and where it will be appropriate, and in a way which will surprise everyone and especially the occupation.”

Meanwhile, a PA Arab commentator who is considered an expert on Israel, Hatem Abu Zaida, told Al-Risala that he believes the terror organizations will try to kidnap Israeli soldiers using other methods which Israel does not expect. He added that Israel would in the end be forced accept the terms of the kidnappers and release terrorist prisoners.

Abu Obeida, a spokesman for Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, refused to directly address his organization’s future course of action regarding the kidnapping of soldiers, noting that “we will not provide the enemy with free information.”

At the conclusion of the article, its author expressed hope that there will soon be another kidnapping of soldiers.

The article comes after last week, an official with the Palestinian Authority defended Hamas, saying it was not Hamas terrorists who kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

The PA’s representative in Belgium, Leila Shahid, said during a joint meeting with Israeli representatives that it was a terror organization other than Hamas who kidnapped Shalit and transferred him to Hamas.
35 years ago today, Israel gave a different answer to 'Palestinian' terror. It's time to go back to that answer. It was much more effective.

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At 2:34 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel has becoming habituated to treating terrorists like legitimate interlocutors instead of as criminals and thugs outside the pale of the law and humanity.

This needs to change. Paying ransom convinces the Palestinians Israel is weak. If the government put time and effort into finding and rescuing Gilad Shalit, it would having a sobering effect on Hamas and boost Israeli national morale.

What's missing today, unlike 35 years ago, isn't the means. Its one of courage - the kind embodied by Netanyahu's late brother Yoni. Its the kind of courage Israel is in much need of today.

At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "international community" encourages the thugs as Carl noted previously, not protesting the Palestinian perversion of the norms for holding prisoners of war into an extortion racket. Why does the government of Israel play along?


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