Why Netanyahu Dealt with the Devil

Recently we witnessed a shocking prisoner exchange, the Netanyahu government agreed with Hamas to release over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for one Israeli soldier, Gilead Schalit. Some Israelis say the exchange “radiates weakness”.

The hard truth is that the release of 1,027 terrorists for Schalit will lead to the murder of more Israelis in the future. Past history confirms this as truth.

Israel has always taken pride in the fact that it will not negotiate with what it considers terrorist organizations. Hamas, the terrorist group that rules the Gaza strip, has vowed its number one foreign policy goal is the destruction of the Jewish state.

Many are asking, Why the extremely lopsided exchange? The prisoners released include those who orchestrated suicide attacks on a Jerusalem pizzeria (15 killed), a Passover seder in Netanya (30 killed), a bus in Jerusalem (11 killed) and a bus in Haifa (17 killed).

What many Americans may not appreciate it that every night when Mr. and Mrs. Netanyahu went to bed the parents of Noam Schalit, Gilead’s father, and his wife Aviva were lying on their beds in a cold tent on the pavement just around the corner of the Netanyahu’s home. The protest camp out (which began in March 2009), for the release of Gilead, gained massive support throughout Israel.

David Landau, well known Israeli journalist believes that, “It got to Netanyahu and it got to Mrs. Netanyahu, and over the course of time he gradually found his determination to resist this kind of campaigning getting weaker and weaker, and I have the fullest empathy for that.” The long campout ordeal weakened Netanyahu’s resolve.

Others say Netanyahu caved to pubic opinion, which overwhelmingly supported negotiations to return Shalit to Israel. The decision by Netanyahu may be based upon a mixture of motives.

The exchange was done with the heart, but was it wise? No. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven (Eccl 3:1). It is not the time for Israel to be giving in to terrorist Hamas. Handing over 1027 Palestinian criminals for one Israeli soldier was a very bad deal. Israel will pay a hard price for this decision of the “heart”.

Steven LeBlanc

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