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The Abandonment of Gilad Shalit

By Michael Freund
11/30/2008, 12:00 AM


The Palestinian Authority headed by Mahmoud Abbas is essentially a government in name only - it has no power beyond the edge of Abbas' desk, has done nothing to fight terror, and regularly incites against Israel and Jews.
Israel's government this morning essentially ignored the ongoing plight of kidnapped Israeli serviceman Gilad Shalit and voted in favor of releasing an additional 250 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for..... nothing.

Absolutely nothing.

The move was described as a "goodwill gesture" to the Palestinian Authority (PA), but no explanation was given as to just why Israel owes the PA any "goodwill", let alone any more "gestures".

The Palestinian Authority headed by Mahmoud Abbas is essentially a government in name only - it has no power beyond the edge of Abbas' desk, has done nothing to fight terror, and regularly incites against Israel and Jews. So there is simply no point in appeasing it or trying to curry favor with its leaders.

Meanwhile, Shalit has been held by Hamas for over two years. The prisoners being released by Israel could have been used as "bargaining chips" to try and win the kidnapped soldier's freedom. Instead, the criminals and terrorists will now be set free, while Shalit remains in captivity.

What a complete and utter disgrace.