...Leaving aside the deep bitterness of those whose loved ones were the victims of the freed terrorist savages, and who are exposed to the sight of the convicted offenders walking free and having their arms held high in triumph by the Arab politician whom we are supposed to believe is our peace partner, where is the outrage?
This Ongoing War..
18 March '14..
Over on the Algemeiner site they are reporting tonight ["Prisoner Released as Part of Shalit Deal Arrested for Planning Terrorist Attack"] that yet another of the Shalit Transaction terrorists who was prematurely freed in 2011 so we could get the young Israeli hostage Gilad Shalit safe, well, alive and back home has been caught by the Israeli authorities trying again to extended his terrorism career.
We don't know the jihadist thug's name at this stage. What is being reported, initially by Israel's Channel 10 television news this evening, is that he is a 26 year-old male who was apprehended, armed with a knife, as he was making his way into an Israeli community in order to "launch an attack". The report suggests the intercept was made at the Qalandia security checkpoint just a couple of kilometers north of Jerusalem's northern suburbs. (We know Qalandia. It's the IDF security checkpoint through which the murderer of our child, and the human bomb she brought with her, passed unimpeded en route to central Jerusalem on the morning of August 9, 2001.)
All the Shalit Transaction releases were conditional on the prisoners not resorting to terror again. Whether anyone on the Israeli side believed or cared about the degree to which the terrorists understood this or paid it any attention, or not, there are certain automatic penalties of a serious nature that kick in (so we were personally told by a high-ranking official in Israel's Ministry of Justice) if they are ever apprehended on fresh terrorism charges. Are those penalties being applied? If yes, the authorities have been very quiet about saying so.
Did anyone expect the terrorists freed by a political decision to go back to a quiet and law-abiding life? Not really. We think the extorted decision to free the 1,027 who walked to freedom in October and November 2011 - including the hideous woman who engineered the massacre at central Jerusalem's Sbarro restaurant, and the murderer of our daughter - was made without any serious regard for either consequences or principle. As to why Israel then agreed, buckling under intense pressure from the US State Department in the middle of 2013, to do the same self-defeating thing again in the case of 104 convicted terrorists every single one of whom (from our investigations) had murdered a human or more than one, remains a wide-open sore and a puzzling, worrying mystery for anyone who respects the decision-making process of politicians. (We no longer belong to that category.)
So if no one seriously expected the convicted and unrepentant murderers of our and other people's loved ones to change profoundly and walk away from a life dedicated to killing Israelis and Jews, how bad is it that yet another one of them has now been apprehended?
We say it's simply evidence that the premise on which the prisoner releases were made was totally unsound and indefensible to begin with. What right do political figures have to make decisions that will - for a certainty - endanger the lives of people in the communities they represent?
But that's not what's profoundly and utterly wrong with the decision to free the killers and assorted other terrorists with the blessing of certain major powers. And when John Kerry's State Department presses the Israeli government relentlessly to push ahead with the four stages of the 2013-2014 terrorist releases, against all the evidence that this is neither achieving its goal nor justifiable on any democratic theory, what's going on.
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