You will read time and again that Israel and Chamas will or won’t talk about a prison swap. But, such a thing is impossible to begin with for the simple reason that this is yet another false moral equivalence. It’s like saying that wolves and sheep should eat each other less.
- Chamas kidnapped a number of Israelis, both dead and alive. They are also euphemistically called ‘captives.’
- Israel has a number of terrorists in prison, convicted by legitimate courts for murder or mass murder.
The two don’t compare. One, innocent victims of a terrorist regime. Israel should not give in to the demands of hostage-takers. Giving in will only make the price of freedom for the next kidnapped higher.
Two, terrorists found guilty by a legal system of a democratic State. To free the latter puts to shame the whole lengthy precise honest judicial process.
Saying no doesn’t need to be negative. The ability to set limits is what distinguishes helpful parents from people who spoil their kids rotten.
The idea of freeing mass murderer Marwan Barghouti is preposterous.
In related news, Chamas gets over $1 Billion in international aid pledges. Those who say crime doesn’t pay don’t know what they’re talking about. Most of it will line the pockets of the junta and be spent on weapons. Not a penny will go to the population. Their suffering will be on heightened display for years to extract more funds from the international community.