That’s right, folks. There is an almost comical aspect to this: the life of one Jew equals that of thousand Arabs, and the irony is that they themselves determined the price.
Be that as it may; Â releasing 1000 or more convicted Islamic terrorists will cost us dearly in the near future.
Â This time, the ‘prisoners’ being released clearly do have ‘blood on their hands.’ In fact, you may recall that during former Prime MinisterÂ Ehud K. Olmert‘s term, heÂ bent over backwardsÂ to try to convince us that he would not release prisoners with ‘blood on their hands.’ So why did Bibi change his mind?
Let’s face reality: Bibi capitulated.
Netanyahu said that he was presenting the final prisoner-swap deal to the Cabinet on Tuesday, following rigorous negotiations with the Palestinians.
“There was great tension in bringing Schalit home…and maintaining the security of Israeli citizens,” Netanyahu said of the talks.
The Elder is wondering: Â Â Is the Shalit deal worth it?
Carl in J’lem is mighty displeased:
ThisÂ 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 â€“ the government and the people of Israel â€“ 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 â€“ and I know this will be the case.
People will be murdered in terror attacks â€“ 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 -Â one of whose murderersis 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 theÂ claimÂ that there was no viable military option – the fact is that weÂ knew where he wasÂ 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 ourÂ past experienceÂ 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 isÂ far from certain.