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Rebecca, I have to contest your comments

Reader comment on item: Gilad Shalit and Doing Business with Terrorists
in response to reader comment: Nobody wins

Submitted by sara (United States), Oct 18, 2011 at 17:40

Rebecca, you say

"... but when I found out that his freedom relied upon the release of prisoners and convicted Arab terrorists, my stomach sank. "

But how naive would it be to think that it could have been otherwise? They have been negotiating the details for years!

"I'm positive that Gilad Schalit's parents are thrilled about the release of their son"

You think only his parents are thrilled? I think that nearly every Israeli and many many decent humans around the world are 'thrilled' that he is finally free today after years of torture and suffering.

" It is the dishonorable method of this trade that saddens me."

What is dishonorable? It is honorable to promise to everything possible to save each and every Israeli soldier's life. It is honorable to make terrible sacrifices and difficult decisions to stand by that principle. Foolish perhaps, but not dishonorable.

"I...sincerely hope that this is not the beginning of a new wave of terrorism."

There is no end to the wave of terrorism. Let's not pretend that there would have been no more Islamic terror ever if Gilad had been left to die by the hand of Hamas.

Rebecca, I am not trying to attack you, but I hope you will think about what I have responded to you. It's not a black or white issue. The Israeli govt knows full well the price they must pay. It was an honorable thing and it really is not just a matter between his parents and the govt. it is the business of every parent in Israel who would hope for the same if they had to face such inhuman circumstances.


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