Israel Celebrates Life-Militant Islam Celebrates Murder
Israel Celebrates Life-Militant Islam Celebrates Murder
Saturday’s NY Times has 2 articles side by side regarding the emotions of Israeli Jews & Palestinian Arabs surrounding the impending release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who was kidnapped 5 years ago by terrorists and has been held hostage ever since.  To major International fanfare, the Israeli Government and Hamas have seemingly reached an agreement – whereby Shalit is slated to be returned to Israel this week in exchange for Israel releasing 477 prisoners immediately, and 550 to follow two months later.  

Amazingly, the world’s media (and Israel PR Machines) have missed so much of this story which the world hasn’t (or doesn’t want to hear). A sickening, usual double standard.

* In Israel, Shalit, (who was 19 years old when kidnapped) whose family raised heaven and earth throughout Israel and the world in hopes of saving their sons’ life will be returned. Now Shalit’s family is awaiting his return, and Israel’s Defense Ministry, in an unprecedented move in anticipation of his return decided over the weekend to recognize him as a disabled veteran. As the member of Knesset who passed the law said: “This decision will enable us as a country to provide the minimum for soldiers who return from captivity to return as much as possible to a normal life.” A normal life – that’s Israel’s way.

* The response from “Israel’s peace partners?” – Best summed up by 1 of the 1,027 to be released – Ahlam Tamim who planned the Sbarros’ Jerusalem bombing and drove the car to the location.  She has said repeatedly she’s not sorry for what she did, and laughed when told children were killed in the attack. Surely, re-integration into a “normal life” isn’t tops on her agenda – one wonders how long it will take her to try her next terrorist mission to kill Jews ? I wonder if that story will make it to the Western Media.

* Shalit was kidnapped – and granted none of the human rights due to a captured soldier under the Geneva Conventions, which would include visits from the Red Cross and communication with family.   The world has of course neglected to tell the story that all the terms and conditions of Shalit's confinement have been contrary to international humanitarian law.  Israel has done this deal – right or wrong – because they want to see one of their sons come home – but where have the worlds sanctioning bodies been on this outrage ? One could only imagine if Israel would have acted similarly.  And don’t worry, we will surely have another chance for redemption – Hamas has announced this won’t be the last soldier they kidnap.

  • The Hamas government in Gaza is organizing a major outdoor rally to celebrate the release of these prisoners – which we have been told are security prisoners and not car thieves. The celebrations will include “military marches” by hundreds of gunmen belonging to Hamas's armed wing and the Popular Resistance Committees, one of the groups that took part in the kidnapping. Celebrating murderers and death.
  • In Israel, its bittersweet. Sweet because the captive solider will return home, but bitter because Israel is paying a very bitter price - 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for just one soldier. Israel can surely be reassured that only 60 years after the Holocaust, the German National Intelligence party has said their Germany's role in the Shalit agreement is a source of “ pride” – Take joy, Jews, in knowing that German officials are satisfied with the deal.

This is a golden opportunity for the Israel Public Relations machine to explain the background that these Palestinian terrorists have – and Israel isn’t taking this action because they want to – but doing so for the belief that life of 1 Jew is holy – and the desire to rescue Gilad Shalit.  The media shows this story as equal suffering on both sides – but terrorists simply aren’t equal to people defending themselves.  Somehow I don’t doubt this story will, unfortunately, repeat itself yet again.

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