October 13, 2011, - 12:00 pm
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.
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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