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Israel Palestine 1000:1

by ranfuchs (writer), CT, USA, October 18, 2011

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1000 freed. How long before the next terror attack will take place

1000 prisoners for one captured soldiers. Who are the winners? Who are the losers?

A great celebration in Gaza is anticipated, as a thousand prisoners are about to be released. Prisoners with many heads on their belts: heads of butchered children, of toddlers, of people who took the wrong turn; prisoners who planted bombs in school busses, or knifed civilians and cut their hearts out.

In return for these prisoners, a single Israeli soldier will be released. And the Arab street is rejoicing. Not only does it celebrate the release of sons and daughters. It celebrates bringing Israeli to its knees. A thousand to one, can there be a bigger victory against the empire of evil?

The world, as well, does not understand. How can a country be so irresponsible? How can it release a thousand, many of whom will, undoubtedly, return to commit more atrocities and murders?

It was, no doubt, a painful decision, which no other government would have taken. But it was a brave one.

For over five years, an entire country cared about the captured soldier, stood by his family, demonstrated day and night for his release. Pain, disagreements and political disputes do not change the fact that a lost son is everyone’s son. This is the very reason that despite the wars and the terrorist attacks, Israel is a lively vibrant culture. When bombs blew up coffee shops and bars, Israel night life remained like no other. When war called people to their military service, and budgets away from the people, Israel has turned itself into a high-tech power house, second only to the Silicon Valley. A place where the daily encounter with death makes it alive.

So in times when Arab governments are busy sacrificing thousands of their own people, Israel is sacrificing its own safety to save one. This is a culture that the Arab world could never accept, and has always tried to destroy: a culture where the life of a single person is worth a world.



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By Anastasia on October 18, 2011 at 05:40 pm

Ranfuchs, I have mixed feelings about this. I'm so glad for Gilad Shalit and his family. The whole thing confirms my belief that one Israeli is worth a 1000 Hamas thugs. But I also share your concern, especially as Abass welcomed the first 500 hundred today, thanking them for "doing God's precious work."

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By ranfuchs on October 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I believe that everyone has mixed feelings. There was no easy way out, and in the end, you need to live by your values

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By ranfuchs on October 19, 2011 at 09:24 pm

@HD. Some of the released humanists have already sworn to go back to terror. Others regretted that they failed to become shiadists, and may want to be more successful next time. Most of them, see the release as Israeli weakness and would like to continue and continue. (have you dealt with people that whenever you do them a favor they take you as a weak sucker that need to be taken advantage of)

So I hope you are right. But after over 100 years of conflict, the chances are not in our favor.

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By ranfuchs on October 19, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I have a great deal to say, but I will not. I will only focus on one of your points, because I think you raise an irrelevant issue: legality.

If you asked about the Jewish settlement, ethics, moral stance, contribution to the escalation of the situation, I would have a different answer altogether. But you chose to focus on legality. Who wrote these laws?

Nations try to illegally assassinate terrorists around the world. Just imagine the world if Bin Laden had been illegally assassinated before September 11th. Would it have been wrong?

Hitler rose to power legally. The American revolution was illegal, so was the French. What is the role of law? It's never as simple as legal equates good. Baddies make laws too, after all.

Would you obey the law, if obeying the law put yours and your family life at risk . Now you can argue that Israel life is not at risk. This is a relevant question, which you chose not to raise.

But even if you are concerned with legality, you did not raise the question of the legality of raiding school to butcher children, of blowing up school buses, cutting a travelers heart out (literally), seducing a boy on the Internet to lure him to his death. None of them was legal, by any standard. And before 1967, how legal was is to rockets Israeli towns from around the boarder, for Nasser to close the straight of Tiran? For calling in any Arab radio around the world “Itbachu al Yahud,” slay the Jews. A call that was heard from every minaret in 1920 and 30s, pre 1967 and today?

None of this was legal. So lets leave the questions of legality aside, and focus of things that do matter.

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By ranfuchs on October 19, 2011 at 11:30 pm

True. And do you hold it against Israel?

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By ranfuchs on October 19, 2011 at 11:44 pm

But I disagree that peace is what all seek. Many prefer their God to peace. Many believe that war is divine. Peace as ideal is not universally accepted, clearly not in the middle east. And even if the majority does want peace, all you need are a few who don't and they can ignite, and reignite to no end.

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By ranfuchs on October 19, 2011 at 11:46 pm

This I can agree with :)

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By ranfuchs on October 19, 2011 at 11:47 pm

But to Israel and the USA, I would add Hamas as well.

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By ranfuchs on October 19, 2011 at 11:54 pm

11th century Islam was an enlightened religion that promoted knowledge education. It has nothing to do with the new type of Islam extremism that has raised its head in the last 30 years or so. It has the same name, but it is clearly not the same religion.

BTW, this is true for most other religions. For instance, I am sure that an 11 century Catholic, will barely recognize modern catholicism as his own religion.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on October 20, 2011 at 05:27 am

Thanks for sharing this issue with us here. Though one against one thousand, in my mind there is no winner, there is no winner. Both won and both lost in some way. It is us bystanders who are insisting in numbers but I think what matters more is to settle the issue that lead to the arrestation of those prisonners. If this issue can be well discussed and reach a given solution, then we will ask who is the winner and who is the loser. But for the moment, although prisoners are excanged, the problem of military illegal occupation is still there and the issue of settlements is not resolved yet. But what is motivating is that prisoners are released.

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By Shoosty on October 23, 2011 at 10:39 pm

1000 > 1 nope

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