But here’s the Muslim Brotherhood on the trade: “It confirms that continuing the resistance is the [right] path and option [to take] until the Palestinian rights are restored in full, without exception …. The freed prisoners will be birds of freedom and torches to light the fire of resistance, and they are the incontrovertible proof that the Palestinian right[s] will only be restored through resistance….”
How is this hope for peace?
Endangering Israeli Soldiers. Some are arguing that Israel had to make the trade for Shalit to show its own soldiers that if they were ever captured, Israel would ensure their safe return. That isn’t true – the IDF has very specific rules in place for when surrender is appropriate, and beyond that, there are many cases in which Israel has not been able to obtain release. More importantly, terrorists now know that in order to free their brethren, all they must do is capture a single soldier. More and more soldiers will be taken prisoner; if Israel doesn’t cut rotten deals (and this will be the new baseline), they will be killed. Israeli soldiers are now in more danger than they have been for years. Don’t believe me? Just listen to Hamas: “As we say goodbye to Shalit, we hope to welcome a new guest, to capture a new soldier, to hurt the enemy in a way that will humiliate and distress him, to pull his soldiers from their tanks and even shoot down their planes, to destroy their vehicles and to lead them, handcuffed, to our jails.”
Undercutting the Notion of Jewish Self-Defense. Israel’s entire raison d’etre has been the uncompromising protection of Jews. That’s what the raid on Entebbe was about. That’s what the Lebanon Wars were about. That’s what the security fence is about. Now Israel has shown that it’s willing to sacrifice protection of all Jews in order to save a single life. Iran will be emboldened. So will Hamas.
Reinforcing the Oslo Syndrome. Finally, this trade reinforces the foolish-beyond-all-measure Oslo mentality, which suggested that trading material assets in exchange for promises (i.e. the promise of the terrorists not to go back to their activities) is worthwhile. It isn’t. It’s because of Oslo that Shalit ended up in Hamas’ hands in the first place. Now, Israel has shown it wants to double down.
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