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Submitted by myth (Germany), Jul 31, 2013 at 06:58

The majority of prisoners released had been detained for longer than 20 years, some 30 years. Release after such a long time seems pragmatic to me.

Does anyone want to accumulate an ever growing group of aging terrorists? This would turn parts of Israeli prisons into a "terrorist retirement resort" filled with inmates that need care and nursing with all the illnesses one develops with growing age. Hatred of Israel does not make them any healthier I assume. Release is a pragmatic option to avoid a "wheelchair-jihad" inside Israeli prisons.

Given that Israel keeps the terrorists for twenty years, does Israel make any good use of those terrorists while they are doing time?

I dislike the idea of trading terrorists for captured Israeli soldiers. I would rather see Israel release them on no condition. On the other hand, an exchange opens an option that no one in power can possibly exclude. Perhaps a man's freedom is worth a lousy bargain in a lousy world.

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