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Shalit Exchange Benefits Israel

Reader comment on item: Gilad Shalit and Doing Business with Terrorists

Submitted by Dan Rusen (Canada), Oct 18, 2011 at 21:43

I think the Israelis got the better of the deal They get back a single decent human being, and the enemy gets back a thousand terrorists who are good for nothing. Does anyone think they're going to become proud hard working contributors to the economy? To the Arts or Science? To anything positive? I wonder what it will cost the Palestinians in terms of trouble and mayhem within their own territory.

I don't have to wonder about what Israel gains. They no longer have to feed, guard, house, and provide health care for these animals, many of whom are getting to be too old and ill to be of any use to the terrorists. In the end Israel will save probably forty million dollars a year by sluffing off these vermin. Israel also gains the moral high ground. Nobody, especially in the UN, can claim they aren't willing to come to the table to bargain with their enemies.

Lastly, Israel may finally have come to a new attitude - the realization that only a few captured enemies are worth keeping, and they should help the rest of them to become shahids on their way to all those sexy Islamic virgins.

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