November 16, 2006, - 1:48 pm

Daddy Dearest: Gilad Shalit’s Pop Becomes Israeli Cindy Sheehan; FOX News Reporteratrix Clueless

By Debbie Schlussel
Well, it’s official.
Noam Shalit, father, of Gilad Shalit–the Israeli soldier kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists, this summer, and still held hostage by them–has morally equivocated innocent Israelis with Palestinian terrorists.
Today, he went to Tel Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Center, a hospital, to visit Palestinians, some of whom acted as human shields, who got injured in Beit Hanoun when Israelis were fighting Palestinian terrorists. Some of them were trying to block Israeli soldiers from getting to Palestinian terrorists holed up in a building.
But Shalit made the specious claim that the people of Beit Hanoun are not involved in terrorism. That’s like saying Al-Qaeda is not involved in terrorism. Beit Hanoun is a terrorism hotbed. Its refugee camps are run by HAMAS, which nurtures its residents’ hate from cradle to grave.

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Noam Shalit (right) with Palestinians, Pal Official Saeb Erekat (left)

Here are some of the absurd statements by Noam Shalit from Israeli newspaper, Yediot Achronot:

I came to the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in order to express my sympathy with the families from Beit Hanoun who lost 20 of their loved ones and have a large number of injured here at the center.
I have met the families, and I can see that the people of Beit Hanoun are peace-seeking and not involved in terror, and they only want to provide for themselves.

And he knows this because . . .?

I feel that the Atamna family and the other families who lost their loved ones are exactly like the Slotzker family in Sderot and my family in the Galilee. We are all victims of the same madness, the same incessant wars and illogical violence, from firing rockets towards populated centers, to two terribly erroneous shells, the common denominator is that the civilian population pays the price.

Uh, no. They are NOT the same. Shalit’s son was kidnapped when Palestinian terrorists snuck into Israel and kidnapped him. The Atamna family members were injured because some of them may have acted as human shields for Palestinian terrorists as hundreds of Beit Hanoun residents did. They were certainly injured because they and their fellow Beit Hanounites allowed Palestinian terrorists to rocket Israel from Beit Hanoun. As my former law professor Stuart McCaulley used to say, “You pays your money, you takes your chances.”

Shalit also spoke of his regret over the injured children that lay unconscious in the hospital, and that they were the ones paying the price of “these useless wars.” He urged the Israeli government and Palestinian leaders to “end the violence which brings more violence and hatred in a perpetual cycle that must be broken.”

We are the world. We are the children. Can’t we all just get along. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Apparently, Abba [Father] Shalit seems to have forgotten that the Palestinians, including the ones he went to visit in an Israeli hospital whose Israeli employees are treating them, still won’t accept Israel’s right to exist and want to cleanse it of Jews.
Noam Shalit, the Israeli Cindy Sheehan. What a schmuck!

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In covering the Shalit issue, FOX News’ Israel correspondent, Jennifer Griffin, displayed her cluelessness on the Mid-East. She claimed the Israelis don’t want to exchange prisoners for Gilad Shalit because they “don’t want to set a precedent” of trading prisoners for hostages with terrorists.
Hello . . .? Has Jennifer Griffin been in a coma for the last five years? Read this for a list of the continued, absurd prisoner trades Israel has engaged in for hostages with terrorist groups.
They have set a precedent, which is why they’re being asked to do it again. And why they will.

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13 Responses

To be fair, they are holding his son. He may think that these comments will be helpful in his release. Its possible he does not actual believe what he is saying.
Lets see what he has to say when/if his son is released.

dll2000 on November 16, 2006 at 2:50 pm

PIMF ‘actually’.

dll2000 on November 16, 2006 at 2:51 pm

1.) I don’t know that questioning the behavior or motives of a parent in his situation is meaningful or helpful.
2.) Jennifer Griffin is usually pretty good. I wonder if she just parroted what Israeli pols are saying.
3.) The Israeli soldier knew what he was getting into AND he DID allow himself to be captured by the enemy.
4.) As long as Israel keeps acceding to Pal demands re: prisoner releases, they really have no room to complain.
Just some thawts.
THERE ARE OTHER ISRAELI PARENTS OF HOSTAGES (HELD BY HEZBOLLAH). AND THEY ARE NOT PULLING STUNTS LIKE THIS. IT WON’T MAKE THE PALESTINIANS LIKE NOAM SHALIT OR RELEASE HIS SON. IT ONLY DEMORALIZES OTHER ISRAELIS AND THE ISRAELI SOLDIERS WHO GIVE THEIR LIVES TO THE PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS THE PEOPLE OF BEIT HANOUN “SHIELDED.” AS FOR JENNIFER GRIFFIN, YOU’D EXPECT A NEWS CORRESPONDENT BASED IN A PARTICULAR COUNTRY TO AT LEAST KNOW THE BASICS ABOUT THE COUNTRY’S RECENT HISTORY, WHICH THE VARIOUS HOSTAGE TRADES WERE. BUT SHE’S COMPLETELY CLUELESS AND GIVES A MISINFORMED REPORT AS A RESULT. FAIR AND BALANCED AND INCORRECT, APPARENTLY, IN HER CASE.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Rocketman on November 16, 2006 at 3:01 pm

The Palestinians will only view Noam Shalit with contempt. Any appeal to their humanity is a waste of time as they have none. Someone wrote that there is no sense of appealing to the hearts and minds of the heartless and mindless. Israel has paid lopsided prisoner exchanges before (Israeli corpses for live terrorists) and with Prime Minister Bad Combover I
expect them to do it again.

Ripper on November 16, 2006 at 4:29 pm

Tactics are only used and repeated if they work and there is no corresponding price sufficient enough to deter such action. There are plenty of young fanatics willing to die, but what about the old men sending them? What about their families are they willing to murder if their families are killed for their crimes? The West, in particularly the Jews, are not prepared to do the terrible things necessary to win peace.
Alexander of Macedon (the Great) once had his horse kidnapped and held hostage. He threatened to annihilate the tribe city/state responsible to the last man and his horse was returned with apologies.
People wouldnt throw rocks at people with machine guns if the people with machine guns shot them.
People wouldnt hide weapons in mosques, schools and hospitals if it didnt make a difference. They know their enemy and they react accordingly. It gives them a tremendous advantage, one never before seen in history.
Terrible, but true.

dll2000 on November 16, 2006 at 4:57 pm

“THERE ARE OTHER ISRAELI PARENTS OF HOSTAGES (HELD BY HEZBOLLAH). AND THEY ARE NOT PULLING STUNTS LIKE THIS.”
We all grieve differently, eh?
“IT WON’T MAKE THE PALESTINIANS LIKE NOAM SHALIT OR RELEASE HIS SON.”
Probably not. Is that his goal?
“IT ONLY DEMORALIZES OTHER ISRAELIS AND THE ISRAELI SOLDIERS WHO GIVE THEIR LIVES TO THE PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS THE PEOPLE OF BEIT HANOUN “SHIELDED.”
It does? I thought they were by definition an understanding and loving people. Has anyone polled his fellow soldiers and are they willing to demonize their comrade’s dad?
“AS FOR JENNIFER GRIFFIN, YOU’D EXPECT A NEWS CORRESPONDENT BASED IN A PARTICULAR COUNTRY TO AT LEAST KNOW THE BASICS ABOUT THE COUNTRY’S RECENT HISTORY, WHICH THE VARIOUS HOSTAGE TRADES WERE.”
Ya, but perhaps she spoke to an angry pol who isn’t in favor of such silliness and simply said “We don’t DO that!”.
“BUT SHE’S COMPLETELY CLUELESS AND GIVES A MISINFORMED REPORT AS A RESULT. FAIR AND BALANCED AND INCORRECT, APPARENTLY, IN HER CASE.”
Oh well, we all make mistakes. She DOES get some of THE best sit-down interviews with THE major players. If all else fails, just chalk it up to her blondeness.
~(ƒ)~

Rocketman on November 16, 2006 at 5:29 pm

Last week at a pro-Israel counterr-demo (against a Palestinian demo) re this same issue, my sign said:
THEY WANT JIHAD, WE WANT GILAD
It’s that simple.

Jeremiah on November 16, 2006 at 5:53 pm

THEY WANT JIHAD, WE WANT GILAD
That pretty well says it, Jeremiah. I dare say that if the Palestinians murder this man they will pay an awful price and with good cause. I trust it would even make Golda Meir and Moshe Dayan proud–a good old fashioned palestinian spanking.
I agree with your analysis on this one 100%, Debbie. What is so sad is that so many Jews (and others) attribute far better qualities to their enemies then they deserve. The golden rule does not apply with people who are trying to kill you.
Look at the koran AKA “mohammed’s playbook for muslim conquest”–it warps the minds of these palestinians and Arabs and others to do so many wicked things. The root reason is that, like the Nazis, the muslims reduce Jews to demon status.
You can’t make peace with people who live for the express purpose of hating/killing, and annihilating you. Hello??

BB on November 16, 2006 at 7:40 pm

It is understandable what that father of the kidnapped soldier is going through. Nobody wants to be in his shoes.
Yet, there are limits to everything. One has to draw the line at a certain point.
To cave into the Muslim terrorists because they are holding hostage someone dear to us will only embolden them to kidnap and kill more of us, the Infidels.
The only way to defeat the Muslims is to be tougher than them and to make them pay dearly for their aggression and violence.
whining, crying or caving into their demands is the sign of defeat.

Independent Conservative on November 16, 2006 at 9:44 pm

Jennifer Griffin has gone native. She’s a Pali-symp. She has put a veil on for some reports. She is totally clueless.

lexi on November 16, 2006 at 10:16 pm

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