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    Gilad Shalit

    Gilad Shalit

    An Israeli soldier who has been in prison in Gaza for 5 years without so much as a visit by the Red Cross.

    Apparently a deal has been reached for his release.

    The terms are not yet known, but the Israeli cabinet is voting on it tonight (Israel time).

    Updates to follow:

    Haaretz and other news sources are confirming the deal:

    Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office said that “a brief window of opportunity has been opened that would possibly lead to Gilad Shalit’s homecoming,” adding: “The window appeared following fears that collapsing Mideast regimes and the rise of extremist forces would make Gilad Shalit’s return impossible.”

    Netanyahu is holding a press conference right now, and confirming via Twitter:

    Report from Al-Jazeera English is that the deal involves 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.

    And more details are coming out which will be hard for Israelis to hear, but the list includes killers like expert bombmaker Abdullah Barghouti (who built the bombs used in several high profile terrorist attacks killing 90 Israelis),  Ibrahim Hamed (the chief of Hamas’s military operations in the West Bank,) and others with blood directly on their hands.  One has to wonder how many Israelis will die in the future at the hands of the prisoner’s being released.

    Israel television says released prisoners have 1200 Israeli vistims on their hands.

    Israeli officials are denying that Marwan Barghouti is on the list (he’s not part of Hamas).

    And, via Ynet:

    All Palestinian female prisoners held in Israeli prisons are included in the
    list of 450 including Amina Mona, a young woman who lured a lovestruck Israeli
    teenage boy by the name of Ophir Nahum to a Palestinian city over the Internet,
    only to have him killed by waiting terrorists.


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    Somewhat related, apparently AdBusters online magazine that started this whole OWS supports Palestine’s bid for statehood. Am I too late for this to be news?

    equitus | October 11, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    “…the deal involves 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.”

    I guess we can now expect a sudden increase in abductions of Israeli citizens.

    Rosalie | October 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    1,000 Palestinians for 1 Israeli? Somehow that just doesn’t sound right.

    Now that is one hell of a deal. An asymmetrical failure of the first order.

    A ratio of one thousand to one over a 5 year period would suggest this was not a voluntary negotiation or we have an incomplete report on the outcome. There are compromises and there are acts of submission. From what is known, this “negotiation” resembles the latter.

      On the one hand a ratio of 1:1000 sounds like Israel got the raw end of the deal. On the other hand, a ratio of 1 Israeli to 1000 Palestinians shows the value we Israelis put on the lives of our people.

      So when the terrorists and their supporters claim that we don’t value the lives of their people we can answer in good faith that we value them exactly the same as they do: one of our people is worth at least 1000 of theirs. They are the ones who fixed the rate of exchange after all.

      It’s not a brilliant deal but it was apparently the only one that was going to get Gilad out. The other option was to just leave him there to rot and probably disappear in the labyrinths of Gaza, just like Ron Arad disappeared over 20 years ago, and is now presumed dead.

        n.n in reply to anneinpt. | October 11, 2011 at 10:04 pm

        I acknowledge the value of human life. I also recognize that Hamas has never negotiated in good faith. This deal is an appeasement to terrorists on behalf of terrorists. Only time will reveal the consequences of following this path.

        Unfortunately, the “Palestinians” do not live in the conditions described by their supporters; and, they can afford to run the clock. This leaves Israel in a no-win scenario, with a progressive loss of leverage. Until, perhaps, the next prisoner exchange.

        In any case, I don’t have a solution for this perpetual conflict, which has existed for over 1000 years. Maybe the only viable alternative is to outproduce their neighbors, naturally and technologically. It is our children, after all, who will inherit the Earth. Besides, that is the strategy followed by Muslims in Europe, Hispanics in America, etc., and it will be successful, if they manage to preserve their faith, ideology, and culture.

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