Imagine yourself a Hamas terrorist. You planted bombs on highways, you lobbed grenades into peaceful kibbutzim, you maimed and killed innocent people, you managed squads of suicide bombers…
And then you were caught, tried, and put into an Israeli jail. For 20 years, for 50 years, or for life. There is one thing you are sure of – you will not be executed, since Israel, the most brutal country in the eyes of European and American Lefties, does not have death penalty on her books.
There are some other things you are certain of: every morning, with your blood-covered fingers you will leaf through pages of Arabic-language newspapers; with your eyes that had seen torture of captured Israeli soldiers you’ll watch the latest TV shows; you’ll receive letters; you’ll make phone calls; and twice a month one of your four wives will come to your cell for the so-called conjugal visit.
Is it a prison, or a luxurious resort? Is it a severe punishment for hideous crimes, or a languid vacation? Would these outrageously soft conditions ever be changed?
The answer to these questions came on May 23, when an Israeli government committee approved a draft of a law, severely aggravating the jail conditions for Hamas prisoners with blood on their hands.
Aviad Glickman reported on the Israeli website YNetNews on May 23:
The Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs on Sunday approved a bill aimed at aggravating the conditions of Hamas prisoners, jailed in Israel, in a bid to pressure the Palestinian organization to advance the talks for kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit’s release.
Hanoch Daum wrote in another YNetNews article published on May 24:
The only way to prompt a fundamental change in the static situation of the Gilad Shalit affair is to press the [Hamas] prisoners so that they in turn press their leaders.
Think about the damp, windowless room, with the moldy mattress and dim lighting, where Gilad Shalit has spent more than a thousand days and nights.
Our sages already told us that those who show mercy to the cruel end up being cruel to the merciful.