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July 18, 2008

Heartsick Over the Swap?

There is a great deal of disagreement about the wildly lopsided trade of live Arab terrorists for dead Israeli bodies. Many people are heartsick and in disbelief; others are not happy, but feel that the return of the Israeli bodies was worth it. Here are some interesting commentaries on the issue:

Lessons of the Swap by Shlomo Avineri

Politics and Tragedy: Israel's Prisoner Swap by Frederick Krantz

Who Cares about our Soldiers? by Naomi Ragen

When Mistakes are Worth Making by Rabbi Daniel Gordis

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Posted by LG at July 18, 2008 05:55 PM


Difficult as it is, I must agree with the two articles. I did not know that Israel negotiated without knowing if the men were dead or alive. What we consider humanitarian the other side regards as weak.

Posted by: Dr. Sheila R.Schwartz at July 18, 2008 10:46 PM

For Israel ,,in my humble opinion, the exchange was ahuge mistake .. I srael will pay abig price for this mistake .. There will beno incentive in the future for keeping kidnapped soliders alive.
I myself would not be willing tp let aheinous terroist be released in exchange for the body parts of a loved one.. Live is precious not dead bodies

Posted by: Anonymous at July 19, 2008 06:31 AM

Exchanging live convicted killers for dead bodies of murdered people guarantees more murders. There is no benefit in keeping the abductees healthy or alive. Actually, killing them is safer because they cannot testify against the criminals. The politicians responsible are not mearly fools, but criminally guilty and complicit in the abductions, suffering and murders sure to follow.
One cannot, but believe those Israeli leaders responsible expect some personal gain from such obvious madness.

Posted by: Martin Broschowitz at July 21, 2008 03:24 PM

I believe that the deal shouldn't have been made, but the question that Israelis should be asking now is what they should be doing next!

Did you know that two thousand years ago a Roman citizen could walk across the face of the known world free of the fear of molestation. He could walk across the earth unharmed, cloaked only in the words Civis Romanis I am a Roman citizen. So great was the retribution of Rome, universally understood as certain, should any harm befall even one of its citizens.

Where was Ehud Goldwasser's protection, or Eldad Regev's? Where is the retribution for the families and where is the warning to the rest of the world that Israelis shall walk this earth unharmed, lest the clenched fist of the most mighty military force in the history of the Middle East comes crashing down on your house!? In other words, what the hell is the Israeli government doing here?

Posted by: Steve at July 22, 2008 10:22 PM

I am a Holocaust survivor and it hurts me when other Jews in Israel or elsewhere are murdered. The media are not reporting those murders accurately. Antisemitism and anti-Israel are the reasons. Israeli leaders are making a grave mistake for freeing so many of the terrorists and not getting live abducted soldiers. It is considered a wealkness, as some are saying, by the enemies of Israel. More people will be abducted, it's so easy for Hezbolah, Hamas, etc.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 1, 2008 04:02 PM

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