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    • r cummings
    • 22.12.09 | 13:36 (IST)

    The views of the two Chaims that all Hamas people are terrorists and should be bombed or killed by targeted assassination is an understandable response but a hopeless strategy. It will only create more willing Hamas recruits, intensify the fighting, lead to more soldiers being captured and prisoners exchanged, a never-ending and unwinnable cycle of violence. Terming Hamas 'terrorists' adds nothing to the picture. They are an insurgent group resisting the occupation of Palestine. If they use terrorist methods against civilians, those responsible should be caught, tried and locked up. If it is necessary to do a prisoner exchange, it has to be done on a parole basis based on a prisoner's personal agreement to renounce further violence. This was the deal for the IRA prisoners released in N Ireland. Those who refused or reoffended were not released until the final agreement. As this was well understood by all, those freed were 'retired' from active service by the IRA. Few reoffended.

    from the article: Analysis / Israel and Hamas both trying to sweeten Shalit deal
    First published 01:52 22.12.09 | Last updated 13:39 22.12.09
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