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Dangerous Precedent

Reader comment on: Another Morbid Celebration

Submitted by David NJ (United States), Jul 18, 2008 14:42

Although I understand Israel's commitment to the Jewish values of the body and life, I believe this swap set a dangerous precedent for Israel. It should not surprise anyone if, when Hamas learned of this deal - 2 dead bodies for 5 live terrorists - Gilad Shalit, if not already dead, was killed on the spot. Foolishly, Israel's government and leadership, which has displayed it's incompetence once more, has given terrorists absolutely no incentive to keep future prisoners alive. Additionally, since Israel was willing to give up a brutal murderer, such as Kuntar, in a deal for already dead Israeli prisoners, terrorists could place even higher demands for live prisoners. This cannot be seen as anything but a sweeping victory for Islamic terrorism and Israel's enemies.


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