October 13, 2011, - 12:00 pm

HAMAS Reaction to Israel’s Shalit Mega-Terrorist Trade Says It All

By Debbie Schlussel

You already know my views on Israel’s decision to set 1,000 hardened Islamic terrorists free in exchange for one Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit.  But HAMAS’ party-like-it’s 1939 reaction is even more telling about what a bad idea this is.  Yet another omen of more kidnapped Israeli soldiers (to ransom for more mass terrorist releases) to come.  (And leave it to the Wall Street Journal’s leftist, anti-Israel Jewish reporter Joshua Mitnick to connect the deal with the “Arab Spring,” something with which the trade has nothing to do, since the trade was in the works long before the first uprisings of the so-called Spring.)  This boosts Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s popularity in Israel and HAMAS’ popularity among Palestinians.  Everyone at the top wins, and everyone else–all Israelis and Westerners–lose.

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Gilad Shalit Mega-Terrorist Trade is a Loser for Israel & the West

The regional political upheaval wrought by the Arab Spring hastened the surprise deal, said Israelis with knowledge of the negotiations. . . .

The deal’s announcement touched off street celebrations in Gaza, with Hamas supporters waving flags and mosques hailing victory for the “resistance” over loudspeakers.

“This is a national achievement that we should be proud of,” said Khaled Meshaal, the Hamas leader, speaking from Damascus, the Syrian capital.

Yup, they are dancing in the streets in Greater Barbaria, just like they did on the streets of Ramallah on September 11, 2001, when news broke of the mass murder of 3,000 Americans. When HAMAS cheers, it’s never a good deal for Israel . . . or the West in its fight against the Islamic threat. There are only three winners here: HAMAS and the Muslim world, Binyamin Netanyahu (who is a selfish politician, like every other man and woman in office), and the Shalits. Israel and the West–and their innocent victims of Islamic terrorism–are the losers, now and in the long run. And check out where the Cindy Sheehans of Israel, the Shalits, were at the time the decision was announced.

In a protest tent outside the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem, where Mr. Shalit’s parents have camped out for more than a year to seek his return, family supporters embraced.

The diplomatic breakthrough gives a political boost to Hamas, Egypt and Mr. Netanyahu, all of whom have been struggling of late amid the regional upheaval, analysts said.

Mr. Netanyahu’s popularity is likely to rise in Israel for the success of releasing a soldier who has become a nationwide cause célèbre since Mr. Shalit’s kidnapping from the Gaza border in June 2006. Israelis have come to accept such asymmetric prisoner swaps as the price necessary to win the loyalty of soldiers and families to an army which depends on mandatory conscription.

They’ve come to accept it because Israel does it, just like addicts come to accept their dependence on drugs which are bad for them.

So, how long until HAMAS, Hezbollah, Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade Fatah, or any of the countless Islamic terrorist groups kidnap the next Israeli soldier to get their next 1,000 terrorists freed?

When the final group of terrorists is released under this deal, then it’s 3- 2- 1 . . . .

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Save me from the ones who love me. I’ll save myself from my enemies.

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Ran on October 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Your blog doesn’t support Hebrew content,this explains the question marks above.

Please correct it.

Ran on October 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Ran, Debbie speaks fluent hebrew silly, so what the hell are you saying?

BTW, I saw this headline in yesterdays “New York Times” and the NYT supported this decision on releasing Mr. Shalit, but I’m not surprised with the NYT’s antics and tactics, we know which side the Times sided with (and that’s hamas in this story).

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on October 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Sean, I didn’t say anything about Debby’s Hebrew knowledge, All I’ve said was that her blog doesn’t support Hebrew responses and my Hebrew response came out like question marks because of that.

I quot an old Hebrew saying about the fact that you “Love” us, Israelis too much. You can say over and over again that this deal is a mistake but you are ignorant about Israel’s attitude towards the issue of releasing it’s prisoners, especially the ones locked in a deserted spot in our enemy’s captivity.

Not everyone supports the deal to release Gilad Shalit, a soldier sent by Israel to defend it’s border and Israel has a strong commitment to, Is on Hammas’es side.

p.s I’d strongly advise you not to name others referring their wisdom or IQ before you do understand what’s exactly they’ve written.

Ran on October 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Ran, don’t you say that to Sean. You have written TWO posts and I still have no idea what the hell you are trying to say. And it’s not just Sean and I (I bet!).

    I have no idea what you’re trying to say but let me bottom line it. The big, BIG picture is to stop Islamic Jihad (redundancy). It does none of us good NO MATTER HOW SENTIMENTAL WE ARE FOR SHALIT to have the top look good in this deal, have Shalit released and then have hundreds if not thousands killed in the name of Islamic Jihad. It’s the biggest problem on Earth right now.

    And no one acts like it is. To the Death Cult’s delight.

    REMEMBER THE FOGEL FAMILY!

    Skunky on October 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      The problem comes in that they know who was being held. If Israel would simply apply the GSG9 formula (West Germany did not have a death penalty and terrorist’s would be shot while escaping) they would have no one to return or be held over their heads. I mourn the people that these terrorists will kill it would have been better to let the one troop die(I know cruel and heartless)than to have these convicted killers free. The point here is that the man was a soldier his first duty is protect even if means his life.

      Jonathan Gartner on October 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Personally speaking, I’m very happy for the Shalits… As a father and brother I can only START to imagine what they have gone through…

This doesn’t mean I’m happy with the trade… I too fear that the cost will be higher then just releasing some Palestinians…

As for the trade itself, first: it’s a Jewish “mizva” (religious obligation) to ransom hostages… Second, this isn’t the same deal that was on the table a couple of years ago… For example, the top Hamas prisoners are NOT among the to be released… Neither is Marwan Barghouti… Third, the last thing anybody in Israel wants is another Ron Arad…

At the same time I realize that the Palestinians are planning such kidnappings and other “military”, “resistance” and “martyr” (Palestinian euphemisms for terrorist) actions REGARDLESS of this prisoner trade…

None of the released are “special” in any real way… Their operational knowledge was shared way before they were arrested by the Israelis…

The one thing I would change is that Israel institute a new law whereby any released terrorist who’s recaptured and found guilty of new offenses gets capital punishment!…

Eliezer on October 13, 2011 at 4:25 pm

In 2000, India did a trade similar to what Israel is doing now – its foreign minister escorted a Jihadi to Kandahar in order to get a hijacked Indian airliner freed, even though one of the passengers had been murdered. What Israel has been doing is several times worse. This is the same Bibi who was a hero @ Entebbe?

Infidel on October 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Infidel—it was his brother at Entebbe.

Myself, I’d kill a hundred Hamas members a day until they released Shalit. If anything happened to h10,000.

Occam's Tool on October 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Well Skunky, in case you didn’t understand what I’m saying let me summarize it for you. I’m for the deal that allows Gilad Shalit to return to his family. We were the ones sending him to defent Israel’s borders with Gaza and we have a commitment to return him home.

This is not just being sentimental, and not just about writing sentences with capital letters. This is about the Israeli soldiers, some of theme are my brothers and myself, that have to know that Israel is behind them. We have taken an oath that we’re willing to risk our lives on the battle fields but our state has it’s on part: If being captured Israel will do whatever it can to return us.

There is a big question about price. The prisoners being released are not Mama Theresa. However, the lack of trust between an Israeli soldier and his/her state is much more expensive.

Let me just return to a Hebrew saying which I’ve written earlier in Hebrew letters and came out as question marks (I hope the blog will support unicode characters so we can post Hebrew responses) : Rak Shmor Oti Me’Ohavai Umesonai eshamer be’atzmi (Keep me from my friends, and I’ll keep myself from my enemies). Please remember that You’re sitting miles away from Hamas and other groups while Israel fights terror. You are more than welcome to support us but please remember that while lecturing us about fighting terrorism.

Ran on October 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Ran, now that you have made yourself coherent (took 3 posts…but your last post was very coherent) at the end of the day only two things need to be known.

    That you support the release of Shalit. Most of us do but NOT for 1000 beasts.

    That releasing Shalit, more people are going to be murdered, tortured, etc.

    It’s bad math and immoral. I am NOT a Star Trek fan but I know even that old TV show knew that you don’t sacrifice the lives of many for ONE.

    But you had your say and I had mine.

    Skunky on October 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm

The certainty of saving one life outweighs the risk of a possible threat in the future.

The release of captured soldier boosts morale in the country and gives certainties to the familes of soldiers currently serving in the IDF.

The terrorists have plenty of volunteers wanting to fight against Israel and move up the internal hierarchy. The influx of the relaesed prisoners will actually put pressure on that system, which will lead to infighting and culling.

No, it is not the best case scenario… but as jews, we should be proud of Israel’s pledge to save its sons and brothers. It serves as an example to the rest of the world with regards to the value of human life, loyalty and determination.

Concerned and Proud on October 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm

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