Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Israel and Hamas are negotiating the release of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held captive by the terrorist group for more than three years. The price: "hundreds" of Palestinian prisoners. Palestinians will no doubt regard this as a great coup, winning the release of so many of their own for just one Israeli. Until, perhaps, they think about it a little. After all, the "exchange rate" says a great deal about how the two countries value the lives of their own people and human life in general. In case we needed to be reminded.
Don't pop the cap on the beer for Shalit yet. Hamas uses the Arafat style of negotiation where they keep changing the stakes and what we agreed to yesterday becomes, simply, the prenegotiation to what Hamas wants today.
This is why I fear that Israel will not survive. They are not bloodthirsty like their enemy. Do you think Hamas would have any qualms about genocide against the Jews? I am not advocating genocide but Israel could go much farther in squeezing the Palestinians than they have and they would be justified to do so.
...the "exchange rate" says a great deal about how the two countries value the lives of their own people...
One they not only endorse but, presumably, encourage others to view that way too. Let's all remember that the next time the shooting starts.
Some people are just too stupid for words.