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    • Paul Freedman
    • 10.01.07 | 18:22 (IST)

    Stephen--these individuals are NOT being held without charges. They are held under military charges. They are not part of the Israeli domestic criminal system nor should they be. Similarly, Shalit is not part of Palestinian internal criminal system nor should he be. The immediate question is whether the Palestinian side can restrain itself from killing Shalit--not whether Israel should endanger itself by premature release of security detainees. I doubt if you condemn Hamas for taking him in the first place so you might consider the appropriateness of condemning Israel for not automatically meeting Hamas' conditions for his release from that very captivity. For the overwhelming majority of Israeli citizens Hamas bears the moral responsibility for his detention (again, which you I assume do not condemn) not those who are unwilling to sign off on Hamas' blank check for his release. btw, the "haggling" will continue in any event.

    from the article: Shalit's father says he is willing to trade himself for his son
    First published 00:00 10.01.07 | Last updated 00:00 10.01.07
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