Defining the Battlefield - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark of Lewiston
    • 18.04.11 | 07:48 (IDT)

    When countries make war they do not get to always define the battlefield. The people they make war on sometimes make war back. Israel attacked in 1967. It made peace with some combatants, but not all and is still at war with some. That makes all of Israel a combat zone, just as all of the US is a combat zone for the Taliban and al Qaida. And the entire world is a combat zone against the Taliban and al Qaida. That is the nature of warfare. It is a reason for not engaging in warfare. Just as the entirety of the Palestinian territories is a war zone. Shalit is a soldier. he was captured in the war zone. Israel doesn't want to meet the requirements for an exchange of prisoners at present. John McCain was in a similar situation, just captured in a different war zone in a different war. Neither had a government willing to exchange prisoners before the end of hostilities.

    from the article: Senior Mossad official named new negotiator in Shalit swap talks
    First published 23:30 17.04.11 | Last updated 23:30 17.04.11
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