October 11, 2011, - 4:56 pm

Warned Ya: Israeli Soldier Shalit in Absurd Trade for Mega-Terrorists

By Debbie Schlussel

Over the past five years, I repeatedly told people (to no avail) that they should stop demanding the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from his HAMAS captors.  As I warned years ago, this would only result in more pressure on Israel to release a ton of Islamic terrorists to freedom in exchange.  And, as is often the case on these matters, I was absolutely right.  Today, news broke that Israel will–as I told you years ago it would–trade plenty of murderous Muslim terrorists from its prisons in exchange for one Shalit.  I told ya so.  But many of  you wouldn’t listen.  And now Israel will set free 1,000 hardened Islamic terrorists in exchange for one soldier.  Mazel Tov.

And this is after Israel already freed 20 terrorists for a videotape of Shalit. Yes, 20 mass-murderers set free for a videotape.  It’s like they are participating in a scavenger hunt, rather than fighting Islamic terrorists.



This is What Gilad Shalit’s Release Looks Like

One of those who may be released is Marwan Barghouti, an Islamic terrorist mastermind whom Yasser Arafat used to pay Islamic terrorist martyrs and their families.  During their time in office, George W. Bush and Condi Clueless repeatedly pressured Israel to release this man–responsible for the murder of at least 38 innocent people–to freedom.  Barghouti was behind several attacks and himself masterminded a major homicide bombing which killed many.  Is it really worth freeing him and 999 others like him to get one Gilad Shalit (also spelled Gilad Schalit)?  On the one hand a Jewish Israeli life is worth more than 1,000 barbarians’ lives, but his life is not worth setting them free on this world to wreak more havoc, more deaths, more destruction, more bloodshed.  Is it?  I’ve written over and over about these outrageous mass terrorist exchanges for one or two Israeli soldiers or their dead bodies.  It never works.  Never.  It only encourages more kidnappings for more mega-releases of Islamic terrorists.  You make nice with snakes, you get bitten.

While a good deal of this terrorist trade is the fault of the many who constantly demanded Shalit’s release (since only Israel felt the pressure and HAMAS couldn’t care less about the demands), no small blame falls on the parents of Shalit who sided with Islamic terrorists, appeared with them, and visited them in Israeli hospitals.  They engaged in moral equivalence BS and attacked the actions of Israel and the Israeli Army for preventing terrorist attacks and retaliating against Islamic terrorists.  I cannot even imagine American parents visiting and appearing with Nazis and attacking the US Armed Forces in order to get their sons out of POW camps during World War II.  The Shalits are leftists on the order of Cindy Sheehan a/k/a Jihad Cindy #2.


Israel’s Cindy Sheehan, Noam Shalit, (right)

with Palestinians, Pal Official Saeb Erekat (left)

But this is what happens when you constantly cry out for the release of one Israeli soldier.  It encourages HAMAS and other Muslims to kidnap more.  They know you will demand action.  They know that only Israel will respond to your demands.  And they know that they can get a ton of terrorists out of prison for that one soldier.

I ask again:  is it worth it?  When you or one of your family members is the victim of one of these Islamic terrorists who was set free, then you can answer.  Or when you or one of your family members is the next Gilad Shalit–the next Israeli soldier captured because they know you will get the Israeli government to release more Islamic terrorists . . . yet again.

It may sound heartless but it isn’t: Israel would be better off to let one soldier die in captivity than to constantly trade armies of terrorists for that soldier.

Negotiating with Cosa Islamic Nostra is no different than dealing with the Mafia. You always negotiate on their terms and always get burned. Once you get in, you can never get out. These kidnappings and terrorist trades will go on forever until Israel says no. And until the rest of us stop pressuring Israel to do what it takes to get the soldiers released.

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47 Responses

Personally, the answer is to wipe out town after town until he is released.

Sooner or later, this conflict is going to go nuclear. The Palestinians are incredibly unlikeable.

Occam's Tool on October 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Even my Pro Israel got this wrong. CUFI (Christians United for Israel) is all excited about this deal.

    I am sick! All the freak savages that are released will kill and kill. One life traded for hundreds of thousands.

    OTOH, well done muzzies. You can make any kidnapping look like spies (3 Bezerkly creeps – keep them)and espionage, etc. Every move is extortion for more money to gain in the quest to exterminate Jews and Christians. Well, done, muzzies (you FREAKS).

    As goes Israel, so goes the World on October 11, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Occams tool got it right when he is for town after town of destruction until Shalit is released. The only way I’d release one terrorist is to track them to their rat hole for drone justice.

    samurai on October 12, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I say just inject anyone who they plan to “release” with RFID chips or something akin to that so they can be “got” later if they go back to engaging in terrorists activities again.

And if we’re really lucky, they’ll be “got” with high explosives when they’re sitting around with all of their terrorists buddies who are catching them up on what they’ve missed.

Like the NYPD “catch and release” program only with hellfire missiles.

Mike on October 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm

The Israelis prove once again that terrorism pays. Now, what will Israel surrender for the next soldier who is kidnapped in 3 or 4 weeks?

Israel should have cut off all electricity, food, and water to the Gazans until Shalit was released. Instead, they let in more supplies to Gaza.

F–king morons.

Jonathan E. Grant on October 11, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Its not worth it. Personally, I wold have had the mass-murdering scumbags executed and shipped back to Gaza. But that’s me.

    No good will come of Israel’s surrender to Islamic terror.

    Its a shameful day for the Jewish people and Israel.

    NormanF on October 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    We need a pool on WHEN the next kidnapping occurs followed by the Classic Extortion Demands dragged on for years with post gullible dupes to chime in “well done” you got him back.

    And, WHY not? First, it works every time. $$$$$$$$$$$$

    Again, I say to you MUZZIES, well done. You have successfully played the entire world for a fool. You will win, until…

    As goes Israel, so goes the world. on October 12, 2011 at 9:46 am

It would be nice if the Israelis could have ONE Leonidas. Or the Europeans could.

“Give them NOTHING—but take from them EVERYTHING!”

Occam's Tool on October 11, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I wonder if there will be some kind of ‘leak’ or ‘scoop’ shortly that our President played a role in this trade. It would be a twofer for him; he advances the Arab cause, and simultaneously masquerades among liberal Jews as someone devoted to their interests. They are looking for some kind of rationale to support him. Just like Jewish liberals are braying about Obama’s calling on Egypt to free Israeli security guards (as if this represented policy rather than pure and simple, although delayed humanitarianism), they will loudly proclaim that this shows that this ‘humanitarian’ president cares deeply about Jewish interests.

Little Al on October 11, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Wow. This is a heavy post. But be as it may, DS is spot on about it.

And it is sad to see Israel take a step forward…then immediately take 99 back.

Israel gets in Israel’s way so much. Very maddening.

Right on OT. I couldn’t agree more. Palestinians are like the druggies and bums and thugs who show up at the filth-ins to scam off of the useful idiots. Naturally unlikeable!

Skunky on October 11, 2011 at 5:27 pm

maybe we better don’t keep them as prisonners but give them back to the palestinan and keep the borders more closed or bomb the cities as they do is much better why should we feed these man/woman and they get even money from the us and the eu.
this world is stupid, and the arabs know it!

roos on October 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm

The Israelis have grown very soft. They prefer the world’s love, which they will never get, instead of survival.

Israel has, by this action, encouraged terrorism in Israel, and around the world.

Jonathan E. Grant on October 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm

At one time, both Marwan Barghouti and Hanan Ashrawi were known to have been on the CIA payroll. Nobody knows how permanent that relationship was/is.

The Israelis have kept Barghouti in jail during other prisoner swaps. If Barghouti gets out of jail this time, I think that will be an indicator of who was driving this and why.

There is NO Santa Claus on October 11, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I wanna know what Sayeret Matkal was doing the whole time Schalit was held capive. I realize that they, like our own Dev Gru & Combat Applicatons Group (Delta), get their orders from the highest authority, but COME ON! NOTHING?! They’re just gonna release more barbarians to ax murder more families & blow up more pizza shops?! I realize suicide is a touchy subject, but dadgum! If it were ME in that position, I’d be thinking about pulling the pin on a grenade & take those schmucks WITH me, rather than be their propaganda tool & the mechanism by which the enemy gets back MORE OF THE SAME TYPE OF GUYS WHO KIDNAPPED ME! Its sad to see regresive insanity at work in a country that can ill afford such idiocy.

Con Chef (NB) on October 11, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Shut off the water and electricity to Gaza until they return Shalid. Now they’ll only be encouraged to do kidnap again and they will have the people (really sub-animals) to do it.

David on October 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm

1,000-to-1 is not a “prisoner exchange.” It is a surrender. It encourages more terrorism.

Couldn’t the United States have demanded Shalit’s release when it handed over a billion dollars of our money–for nothing? Couldn’t Europe and the rest of the world have demanded Shalit’s release long ago?

Shalit was kidnapped and was held in violation of the Geneva Convention. He should be released, not “exchanged” for 1,000 criminals.

Unfortunately, Debbie (and I) saw this coming.

Barry Popik on October 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Barry, its a surrender to Islamic terrorism no matter how its spun. Its simply outrageous!

    That said, there is nothing to be done about it. We can protest it all we like but it appears the Israeli government is going to do whatever it feels it has to do to get Shalit back.

    NormanF on October 11, 2011 at 9:04 pm

This Shalit deal is a disaster and a disgrace and a violation of Jewish sages warning against freeing a captive for more than he is worth.

May G-d protect us but releasing 1,000+ hardened terrorists increases the danger tremendously.

Netanyahu talks a lot but does very little. He is a typical weak Left following Israeli and is leading Israel into disaster.

Feiglin wrote an article of many ways that they could have forced the freedom of Shalit but they were too cowardly to do.


Facts Life on October 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Nothingyahoo strikes again. Talks tough, but is as soft as wet noodles. He is not his brother.

Jonathan E. Grant on October 11, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Debbie, you Jon and I oppose this deal out of principle.

    I still expect it to happen because Israelis want their son brought home. Let the murderers have their brethren and spin it as a victory.

    Israel attaches great importance to the life of even a single Jew – yes, even if that Jew is a lowly private in the IDF. Its not Israel that lacks in humanity.

    Never forget it. Of course none of what I just said matters, if G-d forbid, Shalit is not returned alive to his people and his family. Let them have their anguish put behind them.

    May G-d from His High Heavens bring peace upon us and upon all Israel! Amen.

    NormanF on October 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Er . . . isn’t that actually Jesse “Hymietown” Jackson with Cindy Sheehan in that pic on the right, below near the end of the article?

ConcernedPatriot on October 11, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Norman, I disagree with you regarding your claim that every life is valuable to Israel’s decision makers. If so, there are innumerable ways to drive out the Muslims completely. But Israel’s political stratum does not want to do this.

I think the reason why (even if many do not understand this subjectively) is that with no Muslims, Israel’s leaders would be unable to play the Fakes against the Jews. They would be unable to create ludicrously undemocratic “unity governments,” and so on. Apply some Orwell, and you’ll understand where I am going.

This is also why I disagree in part with Debbie. The elites are doing what they WANT to do. Realizing this as I do, I utterly oppose Israel as it is, because it is anti-Jewish-life. Now, in a war of Israel against an Amalekite nation, of course I would side with Israel. But let’s not make excuses for Israel. Indeed, only when we understand Israel for what is it, an oligarchy that looks very much like what Bolshevism was supposed to produce in Russia but didn’t, will we make progress in reforming Israel itself.

skzion on October 11, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Skzion, you make an excellent point. Israel’s founders were socialists who created a highly centralized government. It could care less about public opinion. The bureaucracy is Bolshevik in outlook and method. Israel is right after Russia in the extent of public corruption.

Make no mistake, this is a corrupt deal. Let me make it clear Israel’s elites are not doing this for Shalit. They are doing it for themselves.

NormanF on October 11, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Debbie if it makes you feel better the prisoners Israel releases are probably not much more dangerous than any random group of Arabs of the same age. If the Arabs miss a day of murdering Jews it’s not because their best killers are in jail it’s because they were busy camel humping or because the Israelis took care of business. Still, as soon as these prisoners get of their bus Israel should napalm them. On a personal note Debbie mazal tov on the Detroit Lions football victory over the Bears. Please come over in your cheerleader outfit so we can appropriately celebrate their undefeated season.

A1 on October 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Debbie if it makes you feel better the prisoners Israel releases are probably not much more dangerous than any random group of Arabs of the same age. If the Arabs miss a day of murdering Jews it’s not because their best killers are in jail it’s because they were busy camel humping or because the Israelis took care of business. Still, as soon as these prisoners get of their bus Israel should napalm them. On a personal note Debbie mazal tov on the Detroit Lions football victory over the Bears. Please come over in your cheerleader outfit and we can celebrate their undefeated season.

A1 on October 11, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Gilad Shalit is an example of compassion for one at the expense of so many others. The campaign for his release has been an obscenity from the beginning. It is akin to a family betraying an entire neighborhood to an enemy in exchange for a son. How many more will those released terrorists kill when they are released? How many Israelis without sophisticated media campaigns will suffer in silence. Do we need another Golem?

Worry01 on October 11, 2011 at 10:16 pm

This sounds about right to me. 1 Israeli life if worth about 1000 of theirs. They are all terrorists in potentia anyway, whether they are in Gaza or behind bars. At least now Israeli taxpayers can stop financing their college educations.

Robert Lefkowitz on October 11, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Shalit join the “peace now” types upon his release, due to either Stockholm Syndrome or to a leftist mindset he may have had before his capture.

What would VERY MUCH surprise me would be if Shalit is a hawk.

BTW, does anyone have documented info on any terror that’s been committed by previous inmates released during prisoner exchanges?

Scott on October 11, 2011 at 11:38 pm

I agree with Debbie. The other comments above me are also good as well.

I know that the following has been said a lot, but this is a very good example of how true it is–the definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over again and each time expecting a different result. Here’s how this applies in the history of Israel doing hostage for prisoner exchanges: (Debbie has mentioned this here and I’m sure that Debbie has written about this in the past)

1) Hamas or “PLO”/”PA” or Hezbollah, or some other Islamic terror group kidnaps one or more Israelis.

2) The said terror group announces that they have the kidnapped Israeli(s), are holding them hostage, and offers to release them in exchange for Israel releasing its Muslim terrorist prisoners who are in jail or either having committed or attempted to commit terrorist attacks in and against Israel.

3) Israel negotiates with the terror group, either directly or through a third party to release a good number of their Muslim prisoners in exchange for the kidnapped Israeli hostage(s), does the exchange, and after that believes that it is a good will gesture in the so-called “peace process.”

4) Go back to 1) and repeat the process.

JeffE on October 12, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Re: my 12:00 am post:


    “(Debbie has mentioned this here and as well as in the past).”

    JeffE on October 12, 2011 at 1:26 am

      One more try (sorry everyone):

      “(Debbie has mentioned this here as well as having written about it in the past).”

      JeffE on October 12, 2011 at 1:29 am

The trade was worth it. Israel determined it could not get Gilad back via military means, so used the Rabin formula, exchanging terrorists for an IDF soldier. Yes, it could signal weakness, but it also signals Israel will exhaust every means possible to achieve a return of one of their own. This is a form of morality arabs will never understand. And as for releasing terrorists… what another thousand to the mix?

david on October 12, 2011 at 12:36 am

Israel has in the past even exchanged living terrorists for dead bodies of soldiers. This time, they need to insist that Shalit be returned before any of their prisoners are. Aside from that, I agree that Israel should level towns and stop supplying Gaza w/ anything. Let the new Egyptians do it – if they can.

Infidel on October 12, 2011 at 3:34 am

It is so easy telling us what to do while living comfortably miles away.

I trust Benjamin Netanyahu for this deal. It was cleared from the beginning that it will be signed very closed to these figures and names of prisoners (murderers, criminals, terrorists etc.)

Ran on October 12, 2011 at 4:11 am

    Muzzie Alert

    As goes Israel, so goes the world. on October 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

I wonder if you will feel the same way if you were in shaleet’s shoes

kay on October 12, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Another Muzzie! Kay and Ran: get lost.

    As goes Israel, so goes the world. on October 12, 2011 at 9:58 am

Those that forget the past are doomed to repeat it.

As soon as I saw Shalit was being released, I wondered how many prisoners Israel was giving up.

Road Warrior on October 12, 2011 at 7:01 am

We have to be careful about using terms like “Bolshevik”. If they are used loosely, it will be harder to identify the real thing.

Little Al on October 12, 2011 at 7:39 am

This deal is absolutely sickening. Jonathan Pollard (a real hero) has been in a friendly American prison for over twenty years and the Israeli government has done next to nothing to have him released. Yet for one Israeli soldier whose only accomplishment was to get himself captured by Hamas the Israelis will release 1,000 terrorists? And they say Jews are so smart.

Jerry on October 12, 2011 at 9:49 am

Line the 1000 up and start shooting them in the head. Stop when they release their prisoner. When you run out of the first 1000 start again. It’s a win win. The terrorists get to go to paradise and Israel makes room in their jails for more terrorists. oh and they just might let Shalit go.

Ender on October 12, 2011 at 10:55 am

Israel needs the death penalty.
Heads on pikes are the only things muslims will understand.

But look on the bright side. Prisoner releases have gotten this far and failed before. Maybe this one will collapse too.

luagha on October 12, 2011 at 12:32 pm

nobody in Gaza should celebrate the fact their leaders just valued their life at 1/1000th of another human being.

Roni on October 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm

I would love to wake up tomorrow and turn on the news to find out Israel pulled off a daring raid like the one on Entebbe.It would be a major morale boost at this time and even if it was not completely successful as long as there were large terrorist casualties it would send a message to Israels enemies.I believe Bebe Netanyahu must realize by now that he cannot depend on Obama.They need to take a stand now.Hamas Hesbollah and The Plo only respect strength.I know many islamists who feel Israel is weak and ready to fall.

Tom on October 12, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I’ve given this a lot of thought and both Shalit and Israel have lost something that never be repaired again.

How do you restore to a man the lost years of his life? How do you restore justice to the widows and the orphans.

This is an outcome of the wicked deal that no one wants to see. No government on earth can repair the rent torn asunder in the spiritual constitution of the Jewish people.

We’re not talking about time or a thing of material significance. We’re talking about the human essence, that cannot be seen and whose health depends on a sense of completion. When that is gone – how does one get it back? There never come good out of appeasing evil.

It affects us far more we know and Shalit’s and Israel’s torment is only beginning to be felt.

NormanF on October 12, 2011 at 11:02 pm

One begs to ask this question: how is Gilad Shalit going to be returned? Will they return him as found, preferably alive (at least with his head attached to his body)? Or will they send him back in instalments?

Something tells me that it would be the latter.

Just wondering.

Wa Salaam Aleikum.

The Reverend Jacques on October 13, 2011 at 3:47 am

You are all right that this is a lousy deal, to say the least.
However, the point I would like to make is that Israel as a society needs a sense of solidarity and of mutual responsibility. Every soldier and every parent knows that Israel will do everything to obtain their release if they are captured. This will boost moral and renew Israeli’s faith that their society is one that is based on justice and the high value placed on human life. Israel is a small country and Gilad Shalit became everybody’s son, everybody’s brother. The government had no choice but to bring him home. Otherwise it would have been a festering wound that would not heal.
As to the future, it’s probably a matter of time until another soldier or citizen is kidnapped by these “militants” as the press likes to call them. Until then I think the Knesset should pass some laws that lay down the rules for future exchanges. Bodies returned in exchange for bodies. (Give them 1,000 to one, as far as I’m concerned.) And the Knesset should also lay down some laws about the kind of prisoners that may be released in the future. That would hamper the government’s ability to negotiate

s kopf on October 18, 2011 at 5:31 pm

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