Only one feet-on-the-ground post here - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 25.06.10 | 09:12 (IDT)

    It's not complicated at all, it's simple. Israel kidnapped hundreds of Hamas members including democratically elected members. It has also jailed Hamas members with much blood on their hands. Israel has kept Gaza under siege ever since that election and has not only regularly bombed it, but in one campaign, bombed it flat incurring hundreds and hundreds of innocent deaths. There's a price being asked. Israel is said to be ready to release 350 security prisoners so you see it's only a question of numbers and two prime ministers were ready to play the numbers game. What this article doesn't say (shame on you Mr. Harel for omitting that) is that Hamas balked at Netanyahu's intention, upon their release, not to return those prisoners to their homes. The country wants Shalit back home and most of us are willing to pay the price asked for that, folly though it may seem to some. The country owes family Shalit and the families of future army recruits that. But Bibi Netanyahu is not a decision-taker and domestic pressures according to Mr. Harel won't budge him. There's only one solution and that is fresh elections.

    from the article: MESS Report / Israel has missed every opportunity to free Shalit
    First published 02:19 25.06.10 | Last updated 02:19 25.06.10
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