Monday, September 04, 2006
According to YNetnews.com, an Arab paper claims that the Palestinians are going to get 1400 prisoners back in exchange for Cpl. Shalit:
Qatari newspaper al-Sharq reported that a security and diplomatic deal for the release of Corporal Shalit, is due to be signed within 48 hours. According to the report, Shalit will be freed in exchange for the release of 1,400 Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israel.
The agreement was brokered by the United States, France, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Qatar and Egypt, the newspaper stated.
Ehud Olmert denies it.
The reported deal is so one-sided and fraught with moral hazard that one is forced to wonder whether Israeli hawks planted the story to stoke political outrage and put Olmert into a box. In any case, the fact of the story and its superficial credibility reinforces the greatest asymmetry in the war against Islamist terror: very different conceptions of the value of human life.
How do Muslims tolerate this? Exchange rate: 1400 Muslims = 1 Jew. The Palestinians are demanding that their lives be less valuable than that of the Jews. Yet, at the same time, are critical of those who share that opinion.
An 8 for 5 or 10 for 3 exchange would be great negotiation. This is a cultural indictment.
That the Palestinians do not even recognise that such an exchange should be a moral humiliation for them is proof positive of the distance between us.
And they say there are no inferior cultures...