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M. D'Souza

Israel should treat these Calibans of Gaza and Hizbullistan in the same way US treated the Talibans of Afghanistan...blast them out of the territory they occupy and ruin! Whatever Shakespeare's Prospero did for Caliban was never reciprocated in kind. Neither can we expect it from Islamo-savages.

The time to be nice with these mice is over. They sneak into Israeli territory --through tunnels and gnawing at the fence -- kill IDF soldiers and carry some away to their hideouts; and now there is no deal yet for the safe return of the kidnapped soldiers.

PM Olmert should have demanded the release of these soldiers first, before agreeing to any ceasefire. What's the use of this UN Security Council Resolution 1701? No mention is made for the release of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.

The UN, Lebanon and European nations are more scared of these Islamists than they are of the IDF. They don't wish to be decapitated and their bodies dumped in some Arab gutter. IDF is too civil to do it. So the UN Security Council members are not scared of Israel nor the IDF.

The only way to deal with the nightmare of this hostage situation is to attach strings to the funds doled out to the host country, with a demand that they are responsible for the kidnapped hostages. The conditions should be plain and simple - additional funds will be available ONLY after the release of the IDF soldiers -- alive and not mutilated or tortured.

Jerry

Michael, read the text of the cease fire agreement again. The mention of the kidnapped soldiers comes in the introductory paragraphs. There is no mention of them or requirement to free them in the actual resolution. The question must be asked - how did Olmert not demand that their freedom be the first requirement of the cease-fire? A simple answer - he was so terrified that everything he did didn't succeed in Lebanon that he was looking for ANY way out.

steve peled

the hostages are not forgotten.simply, the olmert government believes it can include them in some future larger land give-away as an adendum to the business at hand.what is that business?no other than the same as nasrallahs, but by a more circuitous route. olmerts government operates with a clear conmscience, only their aspirations differ from nasrallahs, but the result will be the same.every day that this coalition continues to siphon off the energies of the israeli nation, a copntinued deterioration in the security sector will continue.going to war with this government on their backs, was like sending a soldier into war with a kitbag with 50 kilos of rocks in it.god bless the soldiers.the next time army boots get pulled onto jewish feet, it should be to kick out the present government.

blogrfactor

Yet another opportunity lost. Not only have we lost sight of the original purpose of this war but also that we could have demanded once in for all complete information as to the whereabouts or story about all of Israel's MIAs. May we one day merit to see all "sons returned to our borders"

Luigi Frascati

Granting that I am entirely in agreement with your assertion, Mr. Freund, that 1) the kidnapping of the three Israeli military personnel was one of the contributory causes of the conflict - and no doubt the one that was most widely publicized - and that 2) PM Olmert has made several statements to the extent that everything possible would be done for the return of the three men, I am going to make three observations that will certainly not meet with your approval, nor with the approval of the Jewish readership of your blog:

I. Neither PM Olmert nor anyone in the Israeli leadership has ever offered guarantees that the three soldiers will be returned, alive or dead. I can assure you - and am very sorry to inform you so - that judging from different media reports here in North America, skepticism is high that the three individuals in question are still alive.

PM Olmert and the Israeli Government and the IDF have made 'promises' that 'every effort' will be undertaken to bring Shalit, Goldwasser and Regev back to Israel, without qualifications as to whether alive or dead, and that's pretty much it.

II. R-1701 is a two-party document, with the contractual parties being Israel and Lebanon. It is not a three-party contract, as in Israel-Lebanon-Hezbollah. The reason being that, as you know, neither Israel nor the United States recognize the legimitacy of Hezbollah. But unfortunately, two of the three soldiers were kidnapped by Hezbollah, not by Lebanon.

Which fact, therefore, calls into question why should Hezbollah live up to the word of a contract that Hezbollah has in fact been called to abide to, but of which it is not a signatory party (because it cannot be, since Hezbollah is not represented at the UN).

III. Corporal Gilad Shalit, if memory does not falter me, has been captured by militants of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military arm of the Palestinian governing party Hamas. Hence his release would not be covered by R-1701 under any circumstance.

As one can see, it is problematic to compromise the legality of a document with the illegitimacy of a terrorist organization, whether Hezbollah or Hamas. My suggestion is that the IDF should announce an extention of its policy of 'targeted assassination' in the eventuality that the three soldiers will not be returned, or will otherwise be returned dead.

'Targeted Assassination', as you know, is the policy employed by Israel to prevent terrorist attacks. By announcing the extension of the same policy to terrorists taken prisoners by the IDF, Israel would in effect implement a policy of 'no (terrorist) prisoner taken' from now on, that is all militants taken prisoners by the IDF are to be executed after a military trial, if found guilty of belonging to a terrorist organization such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah or and Hezbollah. Naturally, no such policy would be implemented by Israel against military prisoners belonging to legitimate countries, as that would constitute a gross violation of the Geneva Convention.

In fact, quite frankly, Targeted Assassination and the extension I am suggesting should be employed by all countries interested in combating terrorism. This is so because it is in line with the concept that terrorism is the peacetime equivalent of a war crime.

Rest assured that any such announcement on the part of Jerusalem would catapult Israel immediately back into the spotlight of world media attention - something that, no doubt, would make you very happy.

Sohail Khan

A petition should be placed at the United Nations by the Israeli ambassador for the immediate and unconditional release of the 3 Israeli servicemen that have been illegally kidnapped. The Red Cross be given unconditional access to see the servicemen and their release sought with the utmost urgency.

The plight of these poor servicemen has to be brought to the forefront. The current situation must be swftly answered at the United Nations.

Resolution 1701 is questionable as to its effectiveness. The objectives as we now see unfolding may not be fully realised. To this effect Israeli troops should remain in Southern Lebanon till the unconditional release of the Israeli servicemen are realised.

Regards
Sohail Khan

Simon Springer

As I sift through the various Jewish and Israeli websites, I find that the most on the mark about this conflict etc, are the far right fringe groups who believe that the only way to win these three brave soldiers freedoms is to firebomb the entire Arab nation.

A comedian in the states, Dennis Miller, put it bluntly about the forces Klal Yisrael is facing.
"My friend Kevin Rooney made a gorgeous point the other day: Just reverse the Numbers. Imagine five hundred million Jews and five million Arabs. I was stunned at the simple brilliance of it. Can anyone picture the Jews strapping belts of razor blades and dynamite to themselves? Of course not."

There is no way that these animals will EVER give these poor soldiers back. So essentially, there is a nasty catch-22 here. Let the soldiers stay in the hands of KNOWN killers and fight like there is no tomorrow, OR give land or release prisoners(whatever the request of the day is, seemingly) and hope for the best because the Jewish people have their hands tied behind their backs.

Shame on the Israeli government. Its not for us to judge them, but G-d in Heaven, when their time comes, will make them realize the error of their way. By then, it may too late for most people.

But until that time. Let's keep fighting, because thats the only thing we can do to survive. Keep writing letters, praying, have community gatherings, make Aliyah, learn more Torah, sign up for Tzahal, whatever your flavor is, do it. It does make a difference.

Zei G'Benscht and Hatzlacha to Klal Yisrael. May this bring Yemei HaMashiach in our times!
Simon Springer

Rench

They should be released without a trade.I claerly remember shortly after the ambush and just before the outbreak of the battle the hezbollah cheif stating to a press grpoup that Isreal will trade,maybe not today or tommorrow or a month or a year but eventraly there will be a trade.The Hezbollah cheif is a radical.His views and sense of comfadence must not be valadated.So Isreal needs to play hardball on this.In an attemt to change the policie.Isreal should demand the return no strings.If rejected up the antie.Find the place of the missing troops and take them back.Just do not trade.Devlope the intell nessasery to return the soldiers.This is essential.I understand the current polcies of trade etc..But its time to introduce a new element.Times change and i see no reason not to modefie the polcies of trade for hostages.A bit more in favor of Isreals deterence.Becouse the enemys of Isreal have not decreesed in number nor in plain hatred.So a tweek in polcie seems needed.With such threats as Iran and the like appearing on the horizon.To make adjustments in deterent polcies seems prudent.Carfully ofcourse.But none the less tweeks are needed.In the mean time stay strong to the prisoners of hezbollah.

FERN SIDMAN

ENOUGH TO HUMILIATION

BY: FERN SIDMAN

In the aftermath of Israel's worst military defeat since the beginning of the creation of the modern Jewish state, we stand humiliated and denigrated in the eyes of the world. On the home front, their are calls for commissions of inquiry into the mismanagement of the war.
The media, reservists, the left wing and right wing are demanding the resignation of the Olmert government. The defense ministry is under attack as is the foreign ministry.

There is no question that Israel gained nothing and lost much in this recent military conflict in Lebanon. Hezbollah and its Syrian and Iranian sponsors are basking in glory as is the entire Arab world. As they celebrate their victory and the defeat of the "invincible" Israeli army, the global criticism and condemnations of Israel's actions in Lebanon keep mounting at a furious pace.

The threats of a nuclear attack on Israel from Iranian President Ahmadinejad are very real, as he defies world pressure and vows to continue developing the country's uranium enrichment program.

If this kind of humiliation were not enough, we have just learned that Rev. Jesse Jackson is engaged in shuttle diplomacy to seek the release of the three Israeli soldiers still held hostage by Hamas and Hizbollah. According to Arutz Sheva news service, (8/29/06) "Jackson met with the Damascus-based leader of the Hamas terror organization (Khaled Meshaal) as well as with Syrian President Bashar Assad before leaving for Lebanon, the second stop in his regional diplomacy tour.

The American cleric is expected to meet with Lebanon's President Emile Lahoud, Prime Minister Fuad Siniora and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri. Jackson said he is also hoping to meet with Hizbullah chief terrorist Hassan Nasrallah to discuss a prisoner exchange deal to free Goldwasser and Regev. Jackson is slated to visit Israel after talks in Lebanon."

Rev. Jackson's track record is far from stellar when it comes to negotiating on behalf of Jews. Jackson's record of embracing terrorists of all stripes is legendary. He embraced Yassir Arafat, praised him as "urbane, educated and reasonable" and was a vocal supporter of his philosophies and actions. In 1984, Jackson ran for the presidency of the United States, garnering 3.5 million votes, enough to make him a kingmaker, a power broker in the Democratic party. His candidacy was riddled with viciously anti-semitic statements, as he referred to Jews as "Hymies" and New York City as "Hymietown". Jesse Jackson was known as an anti-Semite long before Hymietown. He had a record of making disgusting and vicious remarks about Jews, including calling Zionism the poisoned weed of Judaism and saying that he's sick and tired of hearing about the Holocaust.

It is also noteworthy to mention that Rev. Jackson may be flagrantly violating United States laws by negotiating with organizations and leaders that are currently on the State Department's list of foreign terrorist organizations. These organizations include Hamas and Hezbollah.

It is clear that Israel should have demanded the release of the three soliders as a pre-condition to any agreement of a cease fire, however due to the ineptitude of the leadership of the government of Israel, this was not included in the deal. And so, we now have Jesse Jackson brokering a prisoner exchange deal that will surely require Israel to release thousands of Arab terrorists, thereby ensuring future kidnappings of Israeli soldiers, and even more pronounced acts of terrorism directed at Israel.

According to an article entitled, View from Haifa: The September 10th Syndrome by Steven Plaut (Jewish Press, 7/19/06), he gives a concise chronology of the effects of Israeli prisoner exchanges. It is as follows:
• In 1985, the Likud-led government of Yitzhak Shamir carried out a prisoner exchange with the "Jibril" terrorists. Israel agreed to release more than a thousand Arabs incarcerated for terrorist activities in exchange for three Israeli soldiers. Just three days after the trade, one of those released Arabs was brought into an Israeli hospital. He had accidentally blown himself up while preparing a bomb intended for Israeli shoppers. Others among the released terrorists would, in the months and years to come, participate in a number of attacks and murders.

• On October 16, 1986, while on a mission over southern Lebanon, Israeli air force navigator Lieutenant Colonel Ron Arad and his pilot were forced by a technical problem to parachute out of their plane. The pilot was rescued by an Israeli chopper, but Arad fell captive to terrorists belonging to the Lebanese Shi'ite Amal militia. All trace of Arad was lost. Since 1986, Israel has engaged in feeble and pointless attempts at "quiet diplomacy" in order to win the release of Arad or at least learn of his fate. The efforts have produced nothing.

• In 1992, Yitzhak Rabin launched his "peace plan" of legitimizing and recognizing the PLO and at the same time ordered the expulsion of 400 Hamas terrorists from the West Bank and Gaza to Lebanon. The expulsion had near-universal support in Israel. Shortly thereafter, however, Israel permitted almost all the expelled terrorists return to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, where they resumed their leadership roles in terror organizations. It was a yet another goodwill gesture for which Israel got nothing in exchange. Not even information on Ron Arad.

• In 1994, in the middle of Rabin's "peace initiative," Palestinian terrorists kidnapped Israeli soldier Nachshon Wachsman. The kidnappers held him hostage in the West Bank village of Bir Naballah, which had long been a hotbed of terror.

On October 7, 1994, villagers violently attacked Israeli soldiers who were trying to storm the Bir Naballah home in which Wachsman was being held. The terrorists had enough time to murder Wachsman before his would-be rescuers got into the house. Israel did not bulldoze the village in retaliation, just as it has not bulldozed other West Bank villages in which soldiers and civilians have been murdered.

These days, Israeli leftists are busy assisting the residents of Bir Naballah in sabotaging the security wall Israel is constructing, because it offends the sensitivities of the Arab villagers.

• In July 2003 the Israeli cabinet decided in a 14-9 vote to buy Ariel Sharon a Kodak moment in Washington by releasing more than 500 Palestinian prisoners, including Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Fatah terrorists, again as a "goodwill gesture." Few of the released terrorists took up quilting.

• In January 2004, Israel agreed to an exchange with Hizbullah. More than 400 Arab prisoners, many accused of killing civilians, were released in return for a single Israeli civilian hostage and the bodies of the three soldiers who had been murdered in cold blood by Hizbullah.

The prisoner exchange was widely opposed in Israel, and passed the Israeli cabinet by a single vote. Afterward, Israel never avenged the three soldiers murdered by Hizbullah. A suicide bombing that killed 10 Israelis took place the very day of the prisoners' release, but Israel went ahead with it anyway.

Two of those set free had been high-ranking Lebanese terrorists, directly involved in the kidnapping, torture, and reported "sale" of Ron Arad to Iran. Israel did not even demand information on the whereabouts of Arad in exchange, just an empty promise of some information in the future, which, needless to say, has never materialized.

At the time, the Arab media crowed in smug satisfaction at Israel's humiliation in the prisoner release. Al-Ahram called it a "new notch in Hizbullah's belt!" In Israel it was seen as a debacle. Even Yoel Marcus at Israel's far-left daily Haaretz called it a "License to Kidnap."

It is clear that Jackson's motive is to curry favor in Arab world. It is also clear the the Israeli public has a right to demand that the government of Israel secure the release of the three Israeli soldiers. We cannot, however, allow a Jew hater of the likes of Jesse Jackson to pressure Israel into a prisoner exchange agreement that would endanger future Jewish lives.

The nation of Israel must loudly proclaim, "Enough Humiliation". It is not realistic to believe that the government of Israel will not entertain the notion of a prisoner exchange. It has already indicated that it would consider such a plan. If the government of Israel wishes to be a pawn in Jackson's nefarious scheme, and to facilitate a scenario that would elevate him to a hero status around the world, then it is incumbent on Jews worldwide to express their outrage and indignation at a government that seeks to invite even further humiliation to a country that has endured more than its share.

At this precarious time, we must seek Divine help and assistance. We must appeal to the Almighty G-d of Israel through the power of prayer. We must storm the gates of Heaven with our supplications. Let us remember the words of King David (Psalm 70) - "Shamed and disgraced be those who seek my soul. Repulsed and humiliated be those who desire my harm. Let them be turned back in consequence of their shaming me, those who say, Aha!, Aha!. Let rejoice and be glad in You all who seek You, and let them say always, may G-d be exalted, those who love Your salvation".

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They don't wish to be decapitated and their bodies dumped in some Arab gutter. IDF is too civil to do it. So the UN Security Council members are not scared of Israel nor the IDF.

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