Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Was Gilad Shalit Deal Worth It?
Monday night, BBC was going nuts over the impending release of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier abducted by Hamas in 2006 cross-border raid. What was disturbing them was that, to get Shalit, Israel had to return several known terrorists.
One of them, Ahlam Tamim, is the woman who drove a suicide bomber who killed 16 people who were sitting in a restaurant.
When told that her attack had killed children, the woman smiled, according to the BBC report.
So was this deal worth the cost?
LV Congressman Charlie Dent said this.
“The release of Israeli Army Sergeant Gilad Shalit, though long overdue, is welcomed news in Israel and the United States. Five years of separation from his family and friends, and what has undoubtedly been a painful disruption of his young life, have finally come to an end. I am extremely happy Gilad has been reunited with his loved ones and once again has the ability to live an enjoyable and productive life.
“While we celebrate the release of this young soldier, we must remember that his negotiated return coincides with the release of over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, including many members of Hamas connected to attacks against the nation of Israel – a stark reminder that the Israeli people remain under the constant threat of terrorism. I am optimistic today’s agreement, under which both the Israeli and Palestinian people can feel their interests were met, will facilitate better cooperation among the two parties and inspire greater hope that peace in the region can ultimately be achieved.”