5 Reasons Israel Should Have Rejected the Shalit Deal

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But here’s the Muslim Brotherhood on the trade: “It confirms that continuing the resistance is the [right] path and option [to take] until the Palestinian rights are restored in full, without exception …. The freed prisoners will be birds of freedom and torches to light the fire of resistance, and they are the incontrovertible proof that the Palestinian right[s] will only be restored through resistance….”

How is this hope for peace?

Endangering Israeli Soldiers. Some are arguing that Israel had to make the trade for Shalit to show its own soldiers that if they were ever captured, Israel would ensure their safe return.  That isn’t true – the IDF has very specific rules in place for when surrender is appropriate, and beyond that, there are many cases in which Israel has not been able to obtain release.  More importantly, terrorists now know that in order to free their brethren, all they must do is capture a single soldier.  More and more soldiers will be taken prisoner; if Israel doesn’t cut rotten deals (and this will be the new baseline), they will be killed.  Israeli soldiers are now in more danger than they have been for years.  Don’t believe me?  Just listen to Hamas: “As we say goodbye to Shalit, we hope to welcome a new guest, to capture a new soldier, to hurt the enemy in a way that will humiliate and distress him, to pull his soldiers from their tanks and even shoot down their planes, to destroy their vehicles and to lead them, handcuffed, to our jails.”

Undercutting the Notion of Jewish Self-Defense. Israel’s entire raison d’etre has been the uncompromising protection of Jews.  That’s what the raid on Entebbe was about.  That’s what the Lebanon Wars were about.  That’s what the security fence is about.  Now Israel has shown that it’s willing to sacrifice protection of all Jews in order to save a single life.  Iran will be emboldened.  So will Hamas.

Reinforcing the Oslo Syndrome. Finally, this trade reinforces the foolish-beyond-all-measure Oslo mentality, which suggested that trading material assets in exchange for promises (i.e. the promise of the terrorists not to go back to their activities) is worthwhile.  It isn’t.  It’s because of Oslo that Shalit ended up in Hamas’ hands in the first place.  Now, Israel has shown it wants to double down.

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  • swanky

    none could have been as short sighted as this authour.. dont u realise that soldier's participation in palestine occupation is compulsory duty of all citizens of israel. so is isael's duty to save them if captured. moreover after the arab spring brought down dictators down there is no tolerance for violation of international laws as was evident in lebanon wars and flotilla attack. the world has changed but looks like the author is still stuck in the time warp..!!

    • zsqpwxxeh

      Swanky, but stupid. And incorrect on every garbled point.

    • ziontruth

      "…moreover after the arab spring brought down dictators down there is no tolerance for violation of international laws…"

      LOL. Made my Motza'ei Shabbat night. Genius here thinks the uprisings in the Arab world were anything to do with caring for international law. Unreal, what people can believe in…

  • Norman

    I am sorry to say, the man is right. The trade did more harm than good. And don't think that world opinion will like Israel any better because of it.

  • matt

    Mate I killed 1000 during Cast Lead, I released 1000, now we will arrest another 1000, liquidate another 1000, Cast Lead II if required and release 1000. It is the same 1000. It is a revolving door that achieves nothing, taking hostages is futile.

  • StephenD

    I repeat; take no prisoners. At next attack obliterate them. Let the world scorn while they are left to clean the glass of what was a potential society that had been given every opportunity to prosper and chose death instead.

    • aspacia

      Israel should executed every terrorist not wearing a uniform. That will eliminate all of them and the kidnapping problem will cease.

  • zsqpwxxeh

    The correct Israeli response would be to only trade one-for-one. An equivalent swap: one private gets one low-level Hamas guy of roughly the same age. This business of 1000 for 1 falls into the category of extortion and just encourages the next kidnapping.

    Sheer, blatant stupidity on the part of Israel. Its enemies are rejoicing. And people keep repeating that old stereotype that Jews are smart?

  • Ben

    There is the wonderful Russian show: the Nanaian boys` struggle where the one man skillfully perform the struggle of the two. Israeli administration for years demonstrate the opposition to Palestinians while fighting and appeasing their powerful leftists.

  • erp

    Only one reason is necessary and that is they've opened the door to more hostage taking and why not?

  • Don Kosky

    One of the worst foreign policy maneuvers since Nevile Chamberlain. Bibi needs to explain this one. I am a huge Bibi fan and friend of Isreal. These are the last days. (I’m holding out that maybe this was done on purpose so Isreal can reasonably expect another attack shortly then use overwhelming force and take out Iran and Hamas)

    • aspacia

      I do not believe in the end of days. Too many, for too long have erroneously made this prediction.

      • ziontruth

        The Jewish Sages say the End of Days will come when people no longer believe they will.

        Just a thought…

  • gtoop

    America is controlled by Zionists.
    That's why it supports terrorist Israel.

    • ziontruth

      "America is controlled by Zionists."

      Apparently, not strongly enough to stop excrement like you smearing yourselves all over these forums.

    • Martin K.

      I guess the "Jews" must spend a lot of money so that in the MSM (at least here in Austria) Israel is always attacked for wanting to be a state. What a clever ploy Jews who own the Media (I hear all the time) are encouraging others to trash Israel. When Egypt and Jordan from 1949 to 1967 occupied the Gaza Strip and Judea/Samaria (AKA W-Bank) why did they not implement the PEACE-PLAN all hail today as the solution, by creating the "Home-Land" so that Cairo-born Asser Arafat could finally return to his "ancient" Homeland?
      So my other question, does Israel have a right to be state?

  • aspacia

    Excellent article Ben. Why no argument for amending Israel's capital punishment law?

  • Arie

    Once Israel was different. The Entebbe raid was because we wouldn't relaese 40 terrorists in exchange for more than 280 passengers. At Maalot 17 children died because we wouldn't release 23. The change that came about with the Jibril exchange was only because "Queen" Lea Rabin's lap-dog assistant was the mother of one of the cowards taken prisoner by an old man with a pistol in Lebanon.

    • alphakilosingh

      Sounds right. This deal is a sure sign of a weakening Israel, which is tiring of the continuous war it has been fighting since last over 60 years. If it is really the case, it is a matter of time before Israel is consumed by its neighbors.

      • ziontruth

        "This deal is a sure sign of a weakening Israel, which is tiring of the continuous war it has been fighting since last over 60 years."

        Being tired has nothing to do with it. It's about a leadership that doesn't believe strongly enough in Jewish values—a political leadership, misguided by a treasonous mainstream media, that fears world "opinion" and international "law" far more than it values the imperative of Jewish survival. The Israeli Jewish populace at large would love to repay Kassam rockets from Gaza with thousands of dead Arab settler-colonists.

  • LindaRivera

    1,027 barbaric terrorists freed. Some of the released terrorists have publicly declared their intention of renewing terror attacks against Jews. Their inhuman lust for infidel blood is insatiable. Do Israelis not fear for their own and their family and friends safety that a majority of Israelis approve of the release of barbaric terrorists for ONE person? Or do most Israelis believe that they and their loved ones DON'T DESERVE to live in safety?

    Jews, you DESERVE to live in safety! Living in safety is a G-D given human right! Thousands of savage Muslim terrorists are released again and again. It must stop! Never again!

  • LindaRivera

    The UN Secretary General, Obama, UK's Cameron and other elites are rejoicing over the release of 1,027 barbaric Muslim terrorists. They claim it is good for peace. They must be referring to Islamic peace. In Islam, peace is achieved when a hated infidel nation is attacked, conquered and destroyed. The terrorists' release is a HUGE victory for global jihad.

  • Ivan

    Rescuing a son, is absolutely perfect. Not following the killers to their destruction is the biggest problem.

  • Dispozadaburka

    "Far from being some abstruse obscure point of theology, pidyon shvuym is called in the Talmud a "mitzvah rabbah," a great commandment. The Shulhan Arukh, a legal code compiled in the 16th century states, "Redeeming captives takes precedence over sustaining the poor and clothing them and there is no commandment more important than redeeming captives.." So while journalists, analysts and scholars have offered various motivations for the disproportionate deal – the effect of the Arab spriing, the institutional culture of the Israeli Army to never leave behind its wounded,
    the symbolism of Sergeant Shalit as everyone's child in a country of nearly universal military service.
    Noam Zohar (professor of philosophy at Bar-Ilan University states " But the underlying values – solidarity and the high value of every individual life- are part of our public ethos. And, in an unspoken little noticed way, a religious tradition, informed a real-world decision.
    Based on NYT oct 22 articl S.G. Freedman
    "A Mitzvah Behind the Price of a Soldier's Freedom

    • ziontruth

      Redeeming captives, a great mitzvah indeed. But don't forget the dictum of Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg, who ruled out, after the medieval German imperial authorities took him captive for an exorbitant ransom for his community to pay, that captives should never redeemed for too great a price, lest it encourage the enemy to repeat the practice of taking captives for ample gain.

      The ransom paid for Shalit's freedom can only encourage further abductions (God forbid). Should he have been left to rot, then? No. But now that he is free and the price has been paid, the duty of any truly Jewish leader (such that we still do not have, in our transgressions) is to end the threat of kidnapping—and as well as of terrorism in general—once and for all, by performing the mitzvah of expelling from the Land of Israel the entire population from which 100% of such evil acts emanate. Time for driving all our enemies out of our land!

  • 11bravo

    American soldiers know they are on their own short of a prisoner swap or the war ends with a civilized nation. Islam is not civil so all bets are off.
    I would have let shilats family know it is not going to happen-retry the PLO prisoners-give them the death penalty and execute them publicly. It is the only language the barbarians speak.

  • Hugo Schmidt-Fischer

    Shapiro lives in the safety of US, and lectures other people to sacrifice their captive soldier son. Since 1948, Israel has swapped soldiers for thousands of Arabs after all it campaigns. Still, it always remained victorious. I agree that Israel is too soft on the Arabs, There are many things Israel could and should do to get tougher on its neighbors. Retaliate, evict Arab squatters, take control of Gaza, apply capital punishment etc. Abandoning its soldiers should not be one of the options. Mr. Shapiro. Stop sermonizing and go serve in the Israeli army.