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    • harzion
    • 17.10.11 | 17:05 (IST)

    What was the name of Gilad Shalit's crew mates who were killed in the same attack in which Shalit was captured? Nobody knows their names. What effect did their deaths have upon Israel? No effect. The capture of Shalit, on the other hand, roused the Israeli population into dissension, protest, dissatisfaction with the government, on a continuing basis. This alone was a win for Hamas and provides proof positive that it is far more desirable to capture an IDF man than it is to kill one. Making a law which limits Israel's response to future captures will not change this a bit. It will only bring further dissension and protest against the law itself. The only effective way to combat this problem is to make peace. Short of that, don't let IDF men get captured. Still, this situation will come up again and a law will not be helpful. Knowing that this law has turned every captured IDF man into a future Ron Arad is not the message that Israel wants to send to the IDF.

    from the article: Prepare to release the next Shalit
    First published 04:09 17.10.11 | Last updated 04:09 17.10.11
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