January 1, 2007


Palestinian media: PM, Mubarak to announce Shalit deal Thurs. (Avi Issacharoff, 1/01/07, Haaretz)

Palestinian media reported Sunday that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak are set to announce an agreement on the release of Gilad Shalit, during their meeting this coming Thursday.

Palestinian sources said earlier Sunday that Israel and Hamas have agreed on the details of a deal that will see the release of the kidnapped Israel Defense Forces soldier, who was snatched from his base near the Gaza Strip on June 25. [...]

Under the terms of the reported prisoner exchange deal, Hamas will hand over to Israel a videotape showing Shalit alive, and in return Israel will release a small number of prisoners in its jails.

According to a Palestinian source, in the second stage of the deal Shalit will be handed over to the Egyptians, and then will be transferred to Israel. At the same time, 450 Palestinian prisoners will be released by Israel.

Hamas will present Egypt with a list of all the prisoners whose release it will seek and ask for Israel's authorization. Two months later, Israel will free another group of prisoners, the size of which and those included will be decided in Jerusalem.

Israel has promised to be "generous" on this issue, the source said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 1, 2007 12:01 PM

Haven't we all heard this song before?

Posted by: erp at January 1, 2007 4:03 PM

This sort of thing is always a gross error.

When you pay for a thing, you generate demand. Paying for hostages means more hostages will be taken.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 1, 2007 4:07 PM

Dear Mr. Fantasy, play us a tune.....

(Always did like that song!)

Posted by: Barry Meislin at January 1, 2007 5:44 PM

It would basically be irresponsible of Hamas and Hezbollah not to take hostages until all the prisoners are freed.

Posted by: oj at January 1, 2007 6:13 PM

Just like it would be irresponsible of Israel not to continue targeting the leading figures of said terror groups.

Posted by: ratbert at January 1, 2007 9:55 PM

Yes, they're all behaving perfectly logically.

Posted by: oj at January 1, 2007 11:54 PM

Well that's the point, isn't it. If an Israeli is taken hostage, the best course of action is to say the prayers for the dead, then and there.

By "negotiating" with hostage takers, they are generating demand for taking hostages.

Pray tell, what is the responsible course of action for Hamas and Hezbollah if their demands are met with silence?

We all can see here the dilemma here. Ignoring ransom demands leaves Israel with only one option, war. Giving in to ransom demands, on the other hand, means only one outcome, defeat.

We can also see how the world axis of weasels has intervened to make the second eventuality the more likely. Now the enemy may strike from behind a safe home base, guaranrteed by weasel protection.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 2, 2007 2:30 PM

You lie in the bed you made.

Posted by: oj at January 2, 2007 5:56 PM