Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Yesterday, after the terrorists who claim to hold Gilad Shalit hostage issued an ultimatum that expired more than two hours ago, several government representatives showed their and our muscles, saying that Israel does not negotiate with terrorists and does not answer to any ultimatum. Israel should make sure terrorists are detered from further kidnappings, they said. Gilad's father, Noam, told us last night that "the State of Israel won't be able to retrieve its power of deterrence to my sorrow on the back of Gilad Shalit because his back is not so wide, and if it wants to retrieve deterrence, it had to do so before the incident when there were all sorts of warnings on tunnels, and there was room to gain deterrence". I am afraid he is absolutely right. Noam Shalit's words reminded me of the words of Esther Wachsman, Nahshon Wachsman's mother, in Ha'Aretz: "We hear "We will not negotiate" and "We won't give in to terror." This is the Israeli destiny, they say. I am not calling for the release of murderers, but they should not insult our intelligence because they have negotiated and they have given in to terror - in the Jibril deal, and in the agreement in which the bodies of our soldiers who had been abducted by Hezbollah were returned, and in the deal with Elhanan Tennenbaum, and in the release of Sheikh Yassin when two Mossad agents failed in their attempt to assassinate Khaled Meshal. Everyone knows the bloody price we paid for the release of these murderers. "

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