The inability to be honest - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 16.02.10 | 06:57 (IST)

    I can understand if Israel was willing to announce once and forever that a captive soldier would not be redeemed. After all, he is a soldier. But why can Israel not be HONEST about this? I would much rather Israel be HONEST about things than lie. There is really no advantage in lying. Indeed, in the case of Gilad Shalit, continuing to lie, continuing to pretend that he might be redeemed, only endangers other IDF soldiers. Simply admitting the truth, that the government of Israel will never redeem Gilad Shalit carries some immediate consequence, but it also means that Hamas will never bother to capture another soldier. Why cannot Israel be honest? Honesty is a good policy. There is nothing wrong with being honest. Gilad Shalit is on his own. Israel will never redeem him. Because redeeming Gilad Shalit would encourage the taking of other captives. Gilad Shalit is a goner. Let no other IDF soldiers fall asleep on duty.

    from the article: Netanyahu to Hamas: Israel's offer for Shalit is final
    First published 02:16 16.02.10 | Last updated 21:04 17.02.10
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