What would you have learned from the violent abduction from your side of an internationally recognised border by a group who claims to be an ‘elected government’ which has in its mandate to destroy Israel and has a militant wing which carries out attacks against both civilians and soldiers, thus undermining any political or moral authority they might claim to have, and imprisonment for 5 years, kept alive only so that he could be used as a playing card for Hamas, so that they could negotiate the release of people who have the blood of hundreds on their hand, which has been proven through the judicial process which, funnily enough, doesn’t tend to exist in Gaza. I notice Gilad did not obtain a PhD though Open University or have repeated contact with his family throughout his imprisonment, unlike the aforementioned Palestinian prisoners, many of whom responsible to a significant degree for attacks which killed dozens of civilians. It is ridiculous to imply that he should have ‘learned’ something in this past five years of hell that he has endured. What should he have learned exactly? You imply that he perhaps should have learned to sympathise with the Palestinians. Sympathy for what? Palestinian claims for statehood and independence, I presume? How on earth would being locked up for five years mean that he is any more or less likely to sympathise with these claims? Which, by the way, were not the aim of Hamas in kidnapping and imprisoning him, and have nothing to do with his situation. Do not equate Hamas with these objectives – because they do not want this. If Palestinian statehood were achieved, and inclusive of Gaza, then Hamas might actually need to be accountable and would be under some obligation to act as a democratic and representative government, which they are not, and not as a prominent militant group, which they are. And don’t bring up their democratic election way back when...because i know of no ‘government’ which holds elections with as much frequency (or lack thereof, to be more specific) than Hamas.
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