First the author is aware that Hamas is the 'enemy' and the condition Israel finds itself is 'war'. Those realizations allow a dialogue between friends. Unfortunately, the last sentence displays the simpleton and defeatist thinking Haaretz is known for. There is no question that the release of so many violent terrorists will eventually result in more acts of terror. What is the family of Shalit going to say to the family of the dead Israelis in the future murdered by the hands of released terrorists for their son's freedom? There comes a point when negotiations become impossible and that point has been reached. Other IDF are held by hezboolah. Is Israel to release some of the sickest killers serving multi life terms for their release as well? Is justice served? Are the already dead victims honored in this manner? With such a cruel enemy there is only one reaction. To cause enough pain that such acts are deemed too expensive for them. The cost must fall on their heads and not Israel's.
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