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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The most incredibly stupid op-ed you may ever see

As you can all probably tell, I am tied up with holiday preparations and work, so posting has been light for the last day and a half.

This has to be one of the most incredibly stupid pieces I have seen in a long time - and this guy claims to be on 'our' side.
As a member of the camp of Eretz Israel lovers and as one who firmly objects to the diplomatic solution taking shape here, I say that we – the government and the people of Israel – had no choice. The mitzvah of redeeming prisoners cannot be foregone. It is a mitzvah that must be undertaken even if the bloody price it shall exact is terrible – and I know this will be the case.

People will be murdered in terror attacks – but what other choice do we have? Allowing Gilad Shalit to die in prison?
What other choice did we have? We had the same choice that was made at Entebbe in 1976 and at Ben Gurion (then Lod) Airport in 1972: To refuse to negotiate and undertake a military operation. Sometimes those operations are successful (as in the two instances cited above) and sometimes they are not (as, for example, in the case of Nachshon Wachsman HY"D - May God Avenge his blood - one of whose murderers is being set free as part of this deal). But the rumor for the last five years has been that Shalit's father insisted that the IDF not try a military operation (I don't put much stock in the claim that there was no viable military option - the fact is that we knew where he was during Operation Cast Lead and we 'forgot' to go get him).

The article's author, Haim Misgav, freely admits that 'the bloody price it shall exact is terrible' and that 'People will be murdered in terror attacks,' and our past experience indicates that is correct. Yet he claims we have no other choice?

Worse, he claims that trading 1,027 terrorists for one soldier is a 'mitzva' when a rudimentary investigation of the Halacha would show that is far from certain.

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At 9:28 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

This trade might have been defensible if the Israeli government had exhausted other options. As far we know, it didn't even bother to try them.

The last thing the defenders of the "deal with the devil" should tell us is that Israel had no choice because there were choices but the government simply chose not to exercise them.


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