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October 11, 2012 11:37 am

Hamas Celebrates Anniversary of Shalit Deal, Promises to Capture More Soldiers

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Gilad Shalit salutes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after prisoner exchange deal in Oct. 2011. Photo: wiki commons.

Hamas began a week long celebration to mark the anniversary of the Gilad Shalit deal, which led to the release of 1,087 Palestinian prisoners, many of which were responsible for Israeli deaths, on October 18th, 2011, and vowed to kidnap more Israeli soldiers in order to free Palestinian prisoners.

“The release of prisoners is a must for all the Palestinian people,” a Hamas minister said while opening the ceremonies marking the anniversary. “The Occupation only understands the language of force. Resistance forced  them to release the prisoners. The resistance fighters will capture additional occupation troops to hold their promise to prisoners.”

Shalit was kidnapped by Hamas inside Israel in June of 2006 and held captive for nearly 5 years.

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  • Lawrence Kulak

    Let me comment on both comments. First, Israel should never summarily execute anyone upon capture because that violates international human rights standards as well as the laws of war. the suggestion of Mr. Holzwarth is not bad, but the problem is that Israel cannot afford to support or house all those prisoners. Rather, what Israel should do the next time a soldier is recaptured is to recapture and reclaim land ceded to the Palestinians. They should then keep setting deadlines for the soldiers release before they will reclaim more land. What is the point of giving back land if they are kidnapping our soldiers? That is, unless you like the sensation of shooting yourself in the foot.

  • Ron Holzwarth

    It may become necessary to build many more prisons so that the exchange works the other way. That is, if an IDF service member is taken hostage, then undertake wholesale raids, and round up every suspected terrorist, including the political leaders that have advocated violence.

    Then, after 10,000(+) suspected terrorists are imprisoned, begin talks.

    Of course, there would be far too many prisoners for any family or any other type of communication, that would have to wait until the deal was complete. And, the ideal location would be very close to the Gaza Strip, so all the prisoners could hear the rockets and mortars, and hope for the best.

    Because that’s what we’re all hoping for: The Best.

    The problem is that there are very different ideas about what “The Best” is. So, skip all the above, and get some serious talking started about what “The Best” really is going to be for everyone.

    (I don’t like the immediate execution idea, that is anger instead of reason and logic. Do you remember the “Bloody Sanhedrin”? One execution every 7 or 70 years?)

  • Les

    This is why Israel should immediately execute all captured terrorists.

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