A lot has been and will be written about the deal in Israel to exchange the life of one soldier - Gilad Schalit - for the lives of terrorists. It is a contentious issue to be certain (except for the Politically Correct who believe that Israel and its people should be removed from the face of the earth). On this page today, I provide just a few excerpts from Caroline Glick's article at the Jerusalem Post. My copy arrived in the Women in Green Newsletter. This article is worth reading in full. Note the Final Excerpt in today's presentation.
A pact signed in Jewish blood
Caroline B. Glick - Oct 14, 2011
No one denies the long suffering of the Schalit family.
There is not a Jewish household in Israel that doesn't empathize with their suffering.
As Jews, the concept of mutual responsibility, that we are all a big family and share a common fate, is ingrained in our collective consciousness. And so, at a deep level, the Schalit family's suffering is our collective suffering.
Since Israel allowed the PLO and its terror armies to move their bases from Tunis to Judea, Samaria and Gaza in 1994, nearly 2,000 Israeli families have involuntarily paid the ultimate price for the freedom of the Jewish people. Our freedom angers our Palestinian neighbors so much that they have decided that all Israelis should die.
The lives of the victims of Arab terror were stolen from their families simply because they lived and were Jews in Israel.
The deal that Netanyahu has agreed to is signed with the blood of the past victims and future victims of the terrorists he is letting go.
IT IS a statistical certainty that the release of 1,027 terrorists for Schalit will lead to the murder of untold numbers of Israelis.
This is a simple fact and it is beyond dispute. It is also beyond dispute that untold numbers of IDF soldiers and officers will be abducted and held hostage.
Netanyahu has proven once again that taking IDF soldiers hostage is a sure bet for our Palestinian neighbors.
There is no downside to this situation for those who believe all Jews should die.
Netanyahu, like his newfound groupies in the media, invoked the Jewish tradition of "pidyon shevuim", or the redemption of captives. But the Talmudic writ is not unconditional. The rabbinic sages were very clear. The ransom to be paid cannot involve the murder of other Jews. This deal - like its predecessors - is not in line with Jewish tradition. It stands in opposition to Jewish tradition. Even in our darkest hours of powerlessness in the ghettos and the pales of exile, our leaders did not agree to pay for a life with other life. Judaism has always rejected human sacrifice.
- "Prisoner releases only embolden terrorists by giving them the feeling that even if they are caught, their punishment will be brief. Worse, by leading terrorists to think such demands are likely to be met, they encourage precisely the terrorist blackmail they are supposed to defuse." - The writer was then-opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu from his book, Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic and InternationalTerrorists.
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