Thinking about Gilad Shalit, the captive Israel soldier

It’s because of topics like this that I feel guilty for not keeping up more on the news. Is it not good, at least once a day, to stop by a news site and check the headline?

I say this because I don’t know exactly how things progressed to get to where they are today in regards to Gilad Shalit’s kidnapping over three years ago. But, I watched the video the terrorists took of him to prove to Israel that he is still alive. I’m sure there are many moral questions around the kidnapping by terrorists. But the most basic one is, in this case, do we exchange terrorists for his release? Israel already released 20 female terrorists just to get this video.

My opinion? You have to think about now. Right now we have a beloved Jew who is in danger. We must get him back. At any price? Maybe not. But considering there are so many terrorists amongst them, and such a large percentage of the “Palestinians” want us driven into the sea anyway, I’m not sure it’ll make the biggest difference to set some more of these haters free.

The fact that it sets a precedent, that is definitely a problem. If only we could act stronger so they knew that, on the one hand we’re willing to do whatever we need to in order to save a life, but on the other hand we won’t be pushed around.

There, I got political on blog midrash. How can I worry about being “too” political when Gilad Shalit has gone through hell for over three years? How selfish would that be?


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  1. This is why they constantly try to kidnap Israeli soldiers; they know it leaves us between a rock and a hard place, if you’ll pardon the cliche. We can’t negotiate, but we can’t abandon one of our own. We can’t release prisoners, but if we don’t, we’re telling our soldiers “we don’t care about you”. But if we negotiate, then *we’re* immediately being held hostage.

    I’ve been ranting for 3 years asking why we don’t just go in there and get him. With our super special secret forces, we must know where he is. I was recently told that we do know where he is, but there is a very strong suspicion that Gilad is booby trapped, as is the location where he is kept. The sense is, any attempt to infiltrate and rescue him will result in the explosives being set off and blowing up thousands of people. Which, of course, will be blamed on Israel.

    I don’t know if that’s true, but it’s enough to make me hesitant. And furious. And committed to never, ever supporting the Red Cross.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. Ma hakesher to Red Cross? It would be amazing and exciting if we could just go and pluck him out of there. I wish.

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