Don't Mess with the Zohan

Should Israel exchange terrorists for captured soldiers?

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Comments (16)

(16) berk, February 3, 2009 3:34 AM

Every Jewish life is important

I beleive that every life issacred and important. But when israel releases a terrorist, he will cause a greater loss than what is gotten by the exchange. If we are at war with these terrorists, than we have to speak their language. I beleive ,howaver I don't aprove, israel should start executing one by one the terrorists they get, till they give back the captured israelies.

(15) Sheindel, December 8, 2008 3:08 PM

How many Israelis' need to be kidnapped, held for months,years,tortured,killed, and then released in exchange for how many prisoners? What an encouragement for the enemy to continue. If you are in school and a bully harrasses you and you do nothing, what happens? It gets worse. Show them your strength and they back off. Oh, and Sofer,(# 13) an eye for an eye was monetary, not literal.

(14) Ruthenye, December 5, 2008 7:16 PM

Liked the video

I thought the video was pretty funny, if anyone cares about that. As far as trading - I'm the mother of a soldier. If my son was being held by the enemy, I would do anything to get him home. Maybe not morally correct, but I would want him back no matter what.

(13) Sofer Elam, December 3, 2008 4:53 PM

"An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth......."

I agree with John,(9)......the designated prisoners to have been traded....'' When President Carter caved to the terrorists demands in Iran, back in 79...they became more agressive and ended up making Carter and the west look weak to the Muslim world. It will be hard..but...necessary. The government in power at this point...does not have the stomach to be strong. I pray for God to strengthen the new power in Israel....

(12) aharon, December 2, 2008 11:06 PM

John W/ "the correct is" has the very best outlook on exchanges, but this not the way of political correctness and apeasment that has been established with this current government and certainly not in agreement with Abu Masen

(11) Anonymous, December 2, 2008 6:01 PM

No exchange of captives for terrorists

Sirs: Submission to extortion only leads to further kidnappings. It will never end. Let murderers out to commit further murders? It makes no sense.

(10) Anonymous, December 2, 2008 1:34 PM

ZOHAN we want our soldiers alive...

b"h priority condition : we want our soldiers to come back home alive... to trade kuntar (y"s) and 200 terrorists for slain soldiers will only bring g"f more ...

(9) John, December 2, 2008 11:28 AM

The correct answer is ...

both easy to say and hard to do. Yes, there should be prisoner exchanges. The lower the ratio the better. I would push for one for one, but 2 for 1 would be ok. The hard part would be in exchanging live prisoners for live prisoners and dead prisoners for dead prisoners. If the agreement to trade is made for a live prisoner who is found to have been killed, then the designated prisoners to have been traded should also be killed and then 'traded'. This will be hard... but necessary.

(8) Allen Aigen, December 2, 2008 10:32 AM

Appeasment never works

The so called "prisoner exchange" is just another attempt at giving the Palestinians what they want, hoping they will give us peace in exchange. When will we learn, appeasment never works.

(7) James, December 2, 2008 10:13 AM


Only if the ZOHAN feeds the prisoners before they are exchanged. He can propel fresh grilled fish at them like in the movie...wait! Force both sides to watch the movie then exchange them, maybe they will suddenly get how ridiculous war really is. The result will initiate a global level healing process where humor and love are used instead of bombs and bullets... we are in the 21st century and anything is possible right?

(6) Anonymous, December 2, 2008 1:19 AM


But only if the captured soldiers are alive. If we trade terrorists for bodies, there will be no incentive to keep those who are captured alive.

(5) Phil, December 1, 2008 8:16 PM

For poster #1

For poster #1, who wrote "yes": How many times?

(4) Anonymous, December 1, 2008 12:59 PM

No way

No, we put murderers back on our streets to kill again when terrorists are released. Many of these men have the blood of infants and babies on thier hands. How many more will they kill if given the chance to indulge their hatred?

(3) DB, December 1, 2008 9:33 AM

See Rabbi Hirsch on parashas Pinchas

I was unable to view the video - can't address its content. However, the question of ceding terrorists recalls my experience last summer. I was in Israel at the time of the prisoner exchange - At a coffee bar in the Ashkelon bus depot, I caught glimpses of the camera fixed expectantly on a vacant road. Later, I heard what had arrived at that vacant spot, and ground my teeth. A day or two later, on Shabbos, I was reading Rabbi Hirsch's commentary on Parashas Pinchas. Addressing those who criticize Pinchas' bold act of murder but perhaps the events of that week as well, Rabbi Hirsch cautions, in part, "One who, for the sake of what he imagines to be peace with his fellow men, cedes the field without protest and allows them to stir up strife with God makes common cause -by his very love of peace- with the enemies of the b'rit shalom on earth." I suggest you look up the whole comment in the Hirsch Chumash.

(2) Anonymous, December 1, 2008 8:44 AM

No way josé

The exchange of prisoners is a one way street. But Only in their direction. We put terrorists back in action for the return of a few bodies.

(1) Anonymous, December 1, 2008 8:08 AM

getSchalit back



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