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One Lingering Question

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(56) Alan Bloom, November 10, 2011 12:15 PM

Difficult questions, difficult answers

The issues you raise are reasonable but nevertheless difficult. To deal with the question of a re-abduction of Shalit is no different than dealing with the question of any "follow-up" abduction. To address that question one need not limit oneself to only the alternative of repeating the conditions of this swap. Could not the Israelis abduct a high-value Palest inian to act as a bargaining chip? Or sweep up a 1000 Palestinians to re-establish the conditions before the swap? There is another aspect to this debate: stated as you have is to depersonalize it. What if it were your child who was abducted? How many Palestinians would you be willing to trade to get her/him back?

(55) Anonymous, November 4, 2011 7:01 PM

The phrase I hate - 'think out of the box'

I hate the phrase 'think out of the box,' but I think it applies here. Rather than lo aleinu we leave that person to rot in a muslim jail or we trade another 1000 murderers, we have to pray that Mossad or IDF would do WHATEVER it takes to get that soldier back, something that failed for Gilad ben Aviva, as I have been davening for him all this time. May this incident of following the Jewish value of life help us merit to have the help of HaShem to teach terrorists once and for all that kidnapping our people is not good for them.

(54) Anonymous, November 4, 2011 2:16 AM

Pointless question

The first question is valid but the second one (Gilad Shalit kidnapped again) seems rhetorical and too far-fetched to be worthy of serious consideration or discussion.

(53) RIKI, November 4, 2011 12:56 AM

complicated but yes

i was born in israel and i have an american passport most israelies my family and i served in the idf and fought yom kippur war,lebanon and etc,our children are still in combats units now.when we join the army(a duty who falls on part of the israelies) we go to defend our country and our people and often we pay a heavy price whether by death or severe injury,if any falls in captivity the goverment's duty is to do everything possible to bring him back home,even if it means releasing terrorists,that is how we act and should act always.every soldier who fell in captivity will tell u that the thing that kept them going through terrible torture and darkness was the believe that they would return home one day to their loved soldier would be left behind,that's the moto and every hebrew mother knows where she sends her child and of his return.that is our strengh and unity.for those of u who rightfully worry about whether some of the released terrorists can harm us,i can say that some will go on killing us but with our big strong army we should be able to defend ourselves.the motivation to kill us and abduct soldiers exists among many of them all the time with or without those terrorists in jail. when we evacuated gaza many of the american(orthodox)jews were angry about it,i remember asking each and everyone of them whether they were willing to send their children to serve in gaza cursed border,neither one of them agreed.we are sad and broken sacrificing our loved oned to defend the land of israel,we want them alive and thriving.i often think if a million or more jews will immigrate to israel we'll be stronger and better.with all the respect visiting is not enough. god help us all!

(52) Anonymous, November 4, 2011 12:06 AM

No need

There should be no need to release those prisoners because something should be done with them. Those who were convicted of murder should be executed. Those who did lesser crimes should be fined exorbitant amounts of money(extorted, like they did for Shalit), if there is no means to pay then it should be collected from the PA or Hamas, in the form of goods or the tax revenues. Those released should be microchipped to keep track of their whereabouts.(Hopefully when they are drugged while asleep.)and then expelled from Israel, including Judea and Samaria. In the future, few prisoners should be taken, those pursuing physical harm to Israeli citizens should be shot while "escaping/resisting", those of lesser crimes deported immediately. There is the possibility of justice in a normal/just world but with these terrorists there is no normal or justice.

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