Open up a dictionary and look up the phrase “underdog”, and you will see a map of Israel. That plucky group of nomads that God called “stiff necked”, no doubt a term of endearment but given with a sigh of resolution, has given the world new meanings to resiliency and determination. If you use a cell or smart phone, there are well over a dozen Israeli patents in your hand. Israel ranks fourth in the world in scientific activity as measured by the number of scientific publications per million citizens. And some of the indigenous population ain’t too bad to look at.
But for a nation that has stridently maintained a policy of not negotiating with terrorist, they have not only waggled on this (circuitously keeping their hands clean by allowing intermediaries to do the negotiating for them) but even when they are complicit, they are really really bad at it:
In an elaborate prisoner exchange that could roil Middle East politics, an Israeli soldier held for more than five years by the militant Palestinian group Hamas was swapped on Tuesday for hundreds of Palestinians who have languished in Israeli jails, all them freed to jubilant welcomes tinged with bitterness and grief.
Buses transporting the Palestinian prisoners — the first group of what will eventually be more than 1,000 — made their way into Egypt and from there to the West Bank and Gaza Strip where jubilant relatives and celebrations awaited.
1,027 prisoners Hamas prisoners to be exact, many of these the absolutes dregs, murderers, and terrorists imprisoned for years, but now free.
After 6 years in captivity (and looking like an Auschwitz refuge at release) Gilad Shalit has become a national hero, so temporarily there will be much celebration.
It should be noted that because in Israel military service is compulsory and it’s heightened awareness of its national and religious values (every citizen is a warrior and a bulwark to its survival) they have a history of paying exorbitant out of whack prices for it’s citizens. The Jabril Agreement of 1985 was as equally lopsided (1,150 to 3), and in 1998 they released 65 Hezbollah prisoners in exchange for the remains of one dead Israeli soldier.
The question of whether the exchange would lead to more abductions of Israeli soldiers hung in the air on Tuesday for both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
I think this qualifies for a collective ,”No shit, Sherlock”. I think it is great that they value their soldiers so highly, but to think that releasing 1100 Jew haters, many with a history of murdering other Jews, will not down the road result in further Israeli deaths, I keep thinking about that river in Egypt. Equally damaging to the resulting violence that will occur down the road, is the precedent set, not only of negotiating with terrorists, but negotiating badly. I think we need to send some of our SEIU negotiators over there to show them how its done, they manage extract huge concessions and giving up little in return, now that is major league negotiating.
The affect of this type of behavior is clear and historical. We saw it with the Somali pirates, who serendipitously found out that piracy pays a hundred times better then drug dealing or gun running, so now we have more piracy. Ditto here, where this ransom to Hamas will no doubt encourage more Jew haters to engage in kidnapping.
Since the Israeli prisons are now empty, the next ransom demand for a kidnapped soldier will probably be money, the Somali’s can provide consulting services in that area. It seems like such a long time ago when the Jews gave to the US, on it’s bicentennial day of celebration, and all freedom loving nations the great lesson in the proper way to deal with evil in the world.