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    • Star of David
    • 12.04.07 | 10:36 (IDT)

    Cheap politicking aside, negotiating with hamas to secure the release of Shalit, will probably be the order of the day. But in his eagerness to show israel in a poor light,Schiff glosses an inescapable fact. Negotiaitng with hamas thru intermediaries will show israel for the sensitive, caring, culturally vibrant democracy she is. It is not a sign of weakness to negotiate; even with those you hate, when the goal of the negotiations is about giving back life. With hamas, it could reasonably be argued that their goal of release is about repeating the cycle of death. Hama may well gain prestige in the short term. But the terror organisation's de facto long-term viability remains in doubt when its leaders have not yet learned to act like statesmen. The jews have been around for 5767 years. Arab despots have come and gone. Arafat came and went. With lots of pal money. But in the long run, talking to the devil to save the living is worth the pain and trauma.

    from the article: ANALYSIS: To free Shalit, Israel must avoid arrogant declarations
    First published 00:00 12.04.07 | Last updated 00:00 12.04.07
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