Israel's Revolving Door

Even the fact that they pick such historic good friends of the Jews as Germany to broker the exchange I find astounding. Why not the French? Or maybe the Saudis? Ah, but the logic set by the cabinet is that these busloads of freed terrorist are prisoners with less than two years still to serve and without "blood on their hands." Wow, what exactly does that mean?

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Have they lost their minds? Israel has let out another four... five... hundred more terrorists. For what? The remains of three dead soldiers and one live businessman with dubious ties, who shouldn't have been there in the first place? And who apparently is under suspicion of engaging in drug deals at the time he was taken captive. Truly, I think the powers that be who are running the country are not dealing with a full deck.

Even the fact that they pick such historic good friends of the Jews as Germany to broker the exchange I find astounding. Why not the French? Or maybe the Saudis? Ah, but the logic set by the cabinet is that these busloads of freed terrorist are prisoners with less than two years still to serve and without "blood on their hands." Wow, what exactly does that mean?

Are these savage terrorists who "don't have blood on their hands" (yet) acceptable because they failed in their attempt to collect the fee for bombing innocent civilians? Would that make them nice guys who should be let out? And if only the nice terrorists are going to be released, then why is Israel willing to open the jailhouse doors to let a terrorist murderer like Lebanese prisoner Samir Kuntar out to kill again?

Why? Because they've been promised that they will receive concrete proof as to the fate of that poor man, Ron Arad, who was taken hostage by these savages almost twenty years ago. Great! They'll smile and tell Israel, "He's dead," and then the murderers go free. One of these prisoners is even suing Israel for $1.4 million dollars, folks, claiming he was raped by his Israeli interrogators. With the mentality of Israel as of late, I wouldn't be surprised if they'd pay it.

Hey, in this moronic bargain the enemy doesn't even have to supply Israel a body. All they have to do is tell what happened to him and, voila, another terrorist goes free.

Does anybody out there see anything wrong with the revolving door that the misguided leaders, and I use the word loosely, have set up for whenever their prisons get too full?

Have any of you actually read the conditions of this "exchange"? According to the Israeli government statement on the prisoner exchange, "the sovereign state of Lebanon has borne no responsibility for the open holding of hostages by an armed camp." Of course they haven't. There is no more Lebanon. It's all Syria now.

Good L-rd! What kind of message does this give to the terrorists? You want land? Money? The prisons opened? Well, apparently, in Israel, all you have to do is kidnap someone and you won't even have to go meet your 72 virgins. Just grab somebody out of a restaurant, or disco or hey, kidnap a few Jewish kids out of school, and they'll give you anything you want to get them back. They don't even have to be living when you give Israel your 'wish list.' How the enemy must be laughing in their mosques.

What contempt Israel has earned. I remember Rabbi Meir Kahane telling me years ago, "The people in Israel want to be loved. I don't want the love of the Arabs. I want them to fear us, and respect us." Now I know what he meant. He knew the meaning of the words, "Never Again."

I feel like an idiot. I'm one of those silly American journalists who go on Front Page Jerusalem (a Christian radio show which is heard in a hundred stations across America), or I speak to a group of Hillel kids and tell them, "You want to support Israel? Then get on a plane and travel there. The people of Israel need you. Don't be afraid."

Yeah, right. You bet your bippies that I'll think twice the next time, because crazy and irrational actions like this release don't make me want to encourage the mindless to travel there.

What does this do to morale? How does the IDF feel now, knowing that their hard-earned capture of these savage barbarians was for nothing? Do you think that the United States would be crazy enough to open the gates at Guantanamo Bay and let those dangerous men loose?

I have an idea! Maybe the damn fools who think it prudent to let even more terrorists roam the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem give a little more thought. As long as they are setting them free why not give them a one-way ticket, for them and their families, to any Arab country of their choice. But I'll make a bet with you. Just as always, they wouldn't find any of their Arab brothers willing to take these troublemakers in. The Palestinian Arabs want to push Israel into the sea? They should be pushed back into their Arab lands. Anyone of the twenty-two that they already have will do.

Shimon Peres, who gave the PLO an army and guns, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times: "There's no room for joy here. We paid a high price because we are more sensitive to human life than Hezbollah is." Lovely.

Maybe it's time to stop being so politically correct and sensitive to the human life of the terrorists and show some guts. Israel is in a war and has the power to do something. It's time to do it.


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