this was a prisoner exchange not a peace making gesture - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • zionist forever
    • 18.10.11 | 17:01 (IST)

    Hamas kidnapped a soldier and Israel agreed to release 1000 terrorists to get him back, it wasn't some kind of goodwill gesture in the name of peace making on anybodies part. Hamas have not renounced terror and they will continue firing rockets and if it suits them return to suicide bombings, they have not said they want to make peace. So why exactly is this being considered some great oportunity for peacemaking? If a civilian i kidnapped and they are returned after the ransom is paid do we all start celebrating and saying we should give the kidnapper even more in a goodwill gesture because this is our great oportunity to turn him away from a life of crime? The day the deal was announced Hamas said they would make it a priority to kidnap more soldiers so what exactly makes this idiot think this is a chance to make peace with Hamas? If we end the blockade of Gaza Hamas won't be bringing in flowers to give to us they will be bringing in more weapons to kill more Israeli civilians and soldiers alike. This guy is either an idiot or an idealist who doesn't live in the real world.

    from the article: Peres: Israel stands with Gilad Shalit full of excitement
    First published 14:22 18.10.11 | Last updated 14:22 18.10.11
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