July 21, 2008, - 10:56 am

Slippery Slope: After Child Murderer Kuntar’s Release, Up Next for Israel is Homicide Bombing Planner Barghouti’s Release

By Debbie Schlussel
Mazel Tov [Congrats], Israel. You’ve set the value of spilt blood and justice even lower.
After the country’s absurd release, last week, of child-murdering terrorist Samir Kuntar (and four other terrorists) to Hezbollah in exchange for two dead bodies, HAMAS is now emboldened to broker it’s own disgusting deal with the limp Israelis.
If Israel wants Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit back, they will now have to turn over hundreds of Palestinian Islamic terrorists, including the murderous Marwan Barghouti a/k/a Abu Al-Kassam, to HAMAS. Israel set the stage for this kind of lopsided deal with terrorists, and now it will never end.
As has been discussed for years, Israel will likely release Barghouti a murderous homicide bombing planner, whose “work” resulted in the murder of over 40 innocent civilians, including a monk. Barghouti was also Yasser Arafat’s paymaster to homicide bombers.

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Marwan Barghouti: Mass Murderer on Gilad Shalit Barter List

As I’ve noted, Condi Clueless and George W. Bush have repeatedly pressured Israel to release this scumbag, and now Israel appears to be on the cusp of doing so.
HAMAS has issued a list of 450 Islamic terrorists, including Barghouti, which they want the Israelis to release. And they’ve asked Israel to pick another 550 terrorists to release. 1,000 mass murderers for one life. From my July 2007 post about Barghouti:

A Tel Aviv judge convicted former Fatah-Tanzim militia commander Marwan Barghouti, 43, on May 20, 2004, of murder for his involvement three terrorist attacks in Israel that killed five people. He was acquitted for 33 other murders due to lack of evidence of his direct involvement in those crimes.
Barghouti was also convicted of a charge of attempted murder, membership in a terror organization and conspiring to commit a crime. The prosecution was seeking to sentence him to five consecutive life terms. The court said in its verdict that “Barghouti was responsible for providing the field units with money and arms . . . .” The judges said that the attacks were sometimes “based on instructions” from Yasser Arafat.
The court found Barghouti responsible for a June 2001 attack in Maale Adumim, in which a Greek monk was murdered, a January 2002 terror attack on a gas station in Givat Zeev, a March 2002 attack at Tel Aviv’s Seafood Market restaurant, in which three people were murdered, and a car bomb attack in Jerusalem. . . .
On June 6, 2004, Barghouti was sentenced to five consecutive life terms and 40 years.
More on Barghouti:

The Al Aqsa Brigades [Islamic terrorist group], headed by Arafat, was put under the direct authority of Marwan Barghouti, who had no compunction in using women and even children to execute terrorist activity, which killed hundreds of Israelis.

I posted several letters written from Barghouti to Arafat, asking him to pay the “martyrs.” Read the whole thing.
Unfortunately, in addition to their willingness to discuss such an irresponsible deals, the Israelis aren’t exactly being tough on Barghouti. Barghouti is reporting, from his prison cell, on the condition of Israeli soldier Shalit. How the heck is he getting information from HAMAS, inside an Israeli prison? That should tell you something about the level of security there–the Israeli prisons are porous, just like ours.
And members of the Israeli Labor party are meeting with this monster.
Well, we can’t help Israel, if it won’t help itself. A weak country under an even weaker “leader” (Ehud Olmert) cannot stand.

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10 Responses

Israel has gone from being the tough guy of the middle east to the big soft push over. Horrible events are marking the decline of a once great nation. Much like the U.S. One can only hope that with new leaders we can reverse ourselves.

samurai on July 21, 2008 at 12:06 pm

While I am not as optimistic as he is, Daniel Pipes has an article in today’s Frontpage which may provide a silver lining to the release of Samir Kuntar and by extension Marwan Barghouti. Please read the whole article as you need to get to the end to understand. Here is the link:
http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=0CA559BE-D10C-4921-A57D-37280E1E0779
[IAM: DANIEL PIPES ALSO ONCE DISMISSED TERRORISM AGAINST ISRAELIS SINCE MORE ISRAELIS ARE KILLED IN CAR ACCIDENTS--AN ABSURD STATEMENT. AND HE CLAIMS THAT FAUX-TERRORIST WALID SHOEBAT IS THE REAL THING, WHEN HE MOST CERTAINLY IS NOT. ANYONE WHO EXCUSES THIS ABSURD TRADE--AS HE DOES--BY SAYING THAT ISRAEL CAN AFFORD TO MAKE MISTAKES LIKE THIS IS TRULY MYOPIC. IT WON'T CHANGE THE FACT THAT THESE TRADES HAVE GONE ON AND WILL CONTINUE TO GO ON B/C ISRAEL MADE THEM ATTRACTIVE. DS]

I_am_me on July 21, 2008 at 1:13 pm

Debbie –
I was referring to the second reason given by Daniel Pipes. I obviously did not agree with him (I should have expressed this sentiment in stronger terms then claiming I was “not as optimistic”), given his reputation (or at least what I thought his reputation was) I thought I would post the link anyway. It would not bother me if you removed the entire comment.
Also, while I agree that Israel has provided an attractive incentive for these trades, I believe there may not be anymore. From what I understand, Hamas no longer wants to use Egyptian negotiators because the are not getting the same deal that Hizbullah received. They want to use German negotiators instead (It was the Germans that brokered the Hizbullah deal). While I cannot see any reason why the Israelis would agree to one lopsided deal but not a second, it could be the Israelis are not going to make the second trade.
On the other hand, a former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (Who is the reason Olmert’s Kadima party is still in power – he has been instructing his Shas party to support them) has been issuing rulings since the 1980’s that such lopsided deals are absolutely required under Jewish law if that is the only way to free the Israeli soldiers.

I_am_me on July 21, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Does Israel now have a suicide wish? Doesn’t it understand that Islam is tightening a noose around its neck? Does it think it will get brownie points so that Islam will leave a few Jews alive to populate a Potemkin Village?

arius on July 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm

I’m not a Harvard Ph.D., so I guess I’m to stupid to understand how Israel can survive a nuclear war.
Supporters of appeasement often rely on a stratagem of attributing convoluted motives and convoluted outcomes that can theoretically justify sellout diplomacy. These motives obviously cannot be empiracally proven or disproven until sometime in the future, and then there will be a new spin or new ‘manufactured facts’.
When these motives or outcomes cannot be verified, and there is no evidence to support them, we really have no choice but to take events at their face value, and the face value is clearly a defeat for Israel. Dr. Pipes should also acknowledge the context of this defeat. It occurs while Israel is giving strategic land to Syria, negotiating with Palestinians dedicated to destroying Israel, etc. Even if the motives surrounding the release of Kuntar had been murky, an objective person could study this context, and deduce without too much trouble that Israel is getting the worst of it, by far.

c f on July 21, 2008 at 3:38 pm

Murder is the ultimate evil. A country that sets murderers free to walk upon the earth is not fit to be called, “a light unto the nations.”

NormanF on July 21, 2008 at 10:00 pm

Why is Ehud Olmert still Prime Minister? That is the biggest outrage. I have no faith in the IDF any more since an army reflects the society it comes from and it is obvious that Israelis are a self beaten people who tolerate a creep like Olmert and his dopey Foreign Minister Livni.

Ripper on July 22, 2008 at 9:05 am

Debbie–
Besides Shalit, who do the Hezbos have prisoner? If no one, I could see this as the final trade. I say Isra-El can release every single prisoner they have to get Shalit back. After that, the prisoners will wish they were back safely in prison…there will be no town in which the mohammedans can celebrate…
Cut the power to Gaza and start the shelling. Launch the Tomahawks into Lebanon. Or strategize a longer view. (Ahmanutjob knows there are subs with nuke missiles in the gulf that can hit Iran in less than 10 min.)
The War of Summer 2006 is really a “cold war” that’s been going on since 1967. Let the UN whine. What can they do really? Muslim countries initiate 99% of the world’s violence and are rewarded with permanent UN seats.
This won’t end until Israel (and their allies) earn the fear of whoever’s left in the muslim world. I’m sorry as a Catholic to say this but it is true. The enemy has to be exterminated. We have the braun–we need the will.
[CG: SHALIT IS BEING HELD BY HAMAS, NOT HEZBOLLAH. BUT YOU MISS THE POINT. JUST 'CUZ THEY HAVEN'T CAPTURED ANYONE NOW, DOESN'T MEAN A THING. THIS MAKES IT ATTRACTIVE TO KIDNAP MORE SOLDIERS IN THE FUTURE FOR FUTURE TRADES. WHY DO YOU THINK HEZBOLLAH AND HAMAS KIDNAPPED THE THREE SOLDIERS? TO GET VALUABLE TERRORISTS FREED, THAT'S WHY. THAT WILL CONTINUE TO HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE AS LONG AS ISRAEL DOES THESE TRADES. DS]

CapitalistGig on July 22, 2008 at 11:12 am

I really hope this not become common

mindy1 on July 22, 2008 at 11:20 am

Bebe, where are you now when your nation needs you so badly? I hope your party takes over soon!!!

jim on July 23, 2008 at 8:16 am

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