Hamas has portrayed the Shalit prisoner exchange as a victory, and has openly vowed to kidnap more Israelis in order to free more prisoners. Among those who will be released are terrorists who have committed murder. Deputy Prime Minister Moshe (Bogie) Yaalon slammed the decision, saying “Our experience has made clear to us the terrorists we are releasing today will murder tens and perhaps hundreds of Israelis tomorrow.” Hamas did not agree to an Israeli request to abandon a policy of future IDF kidnappings as part of the prisoner-swap agreement with Israel.
Abu Obaida, spokesman for the armed wing of Hamas, Izzadin Kassam said that Schalit, who is set to be released as part of a prisoner exchange deal, "will not be the last solider kidnapped Hamas is also expecting the naval blockade of Gaza to lighten following the conclusion of the exchange. A Hamas official in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan, told Al Hayat that Israel was obligated to refrain from targeting any of the Palestinian prisoners as a part of the agreement.
Expansive Freedom Deal or Blackmail Cruelty
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu asked government to endorse deal with Hamas for bringing Gilad Shalit home within days although the price agreed is heavy: 1,027 jailed Palestinian terrorists, including 60 convicted for multiple murders.
Among the murderers that will be released is Hussam Badran, former commander
of Hamas in
Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak
There are many
genuine people around the world, who are still suffering from occupation by
others: Kurds, Armenians, Tibetans, Chechens,
At least 200 potential terrorists are actively planning suicide attacks while living freely in Britain, British intelligence chiefs have warned ministers. The figures are contained within a secret government report on the "enduring terrorist threat" facing Britain from al-Qaeda and affiliated organizations.
70 Years since Babi Yar Massacre – Nothing has Changed!
In the two-day killing spree in September 1941, Nazi troops gunned
down more than 33,000 Jews and buried them in mounds of dirt at the
Colombia Rebuffed Abbas
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos rebuffed Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas who had travelled to Bogotá to secure support of his unilateral statehood bid at the United Nations. Colombia is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, where Abbas needs at least nine votes out of 15 - including positive recommendations from all five permanent members.
The UN human rights office called for Israel to stop Jewish settlers from attacking Palestinian civilians in the West Bank, accusing the army of failing to restrain settlers while being quick to use force against Palestinians. Israeli diplomats expressed surprise at the statement, saying it was released without warning and made no mention of violence directed at settlers. (How many calls has this Israel-hating organisation issued in the past and so promptly to stop Arab terror attacks against Jews?)
No International Outcry Against Arabs’ Terror
A Molotov cocktail was thrown at a synagogue in Jaffa during protest by Arabs. The projectile struck the roof of the Rabbi Meir synagogue in the city.
Arabs, scrawled ”death to Jews” on four synagogues in Tzfat (Safed), the latest desecration of holy sites that has plagued Israel in recent weeks. Tzfat’s Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu expected Muslim clerics to denounce the desecration and hate messages, but no condemnation has been issued as of yet. (No instant international condemnation and there are no even news reports!)
Quote of the Week:
by Gavriel Queenann
me, Israelis were modern day Davids running
rough-shod over the Philistine hordes. It wasn't just romanticism. It was fact.
I was a year old when
Every kid I grew up with knew the morally constant rule: don't mess with the Israelis. That kind of deterrence had more than the mere real political force of military success behind it. It was driven by a sense of purpose and identity held dear by a nation that had risen miraculously from the ashes and resurrected a waking reality from a dream it had dreamt for eighteen centuries.
It was the moral force of a people who had pride in who they were and what they - through their Torah and traditions - stood for. Israelis were a proud people unafraid to demand their rights and to declare their worth - not the least of which was the high price of Jewish blood.
some point the force behind
And the Arabs know it. Releasing 1,000 terrorists, many with Jewish blood on their hands, to free one soldier whose duty was to go into harms way to protect his people is flatly unacceptable…
It sends the clear message to the terrorists we're no longer giants - that our children are theirs to kidnap and kill, and that our blood comes cheap. "People make peace with the strong. They don't make peace with the weak. They push the weak aside," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said before Rosh Hashannah.
The deal reportedly brokered for Gilad Shalit's release is a sign of weakness stemming from moral bankruptcy - and an invitation to genocide.
I feel deeply for Gilad Shalit. He has suffered and lost years in the service of his nation. I see his parents and weep for them. But his suffering, and theirs, does not justify actions that will lead to more families suffering as they have, or worse, the deaths of the countrymen Gilad was honour bound to protect…
It’s time for Israelis remember how to be giants.