- My accounting is simple:The terrorists, who were released in exchange for Elechanan Tanenbaum few years ago, have murdered 29 Israelis by now in terror attacks.
There is no doubt that the terrorists, whose release is demanded by Hamas in exchange for freeing Gilad Shalit, will murder even more Israelis in the next few years.
The only difference among Gilad Shalit and those Israelis is that today we know who is Gilad Shalit, and we can associate with him a photo, parents in distress and a life story. Whereas those dead Israelis are today nameless and we have no way to associate with them a photo, grieving relatives or life story. Only after they have lost their lives, we’ll know who they were.
- Another aspect which no one seems to have thought about:Suppose Gilad Shalit is freed in exchange for all those terrorists and returns to live in Israel. How will his life look like under the burden of Israelis who are killed or otherwise put at risk by those terrorists? Won’t he feel obliged to live up to them as they sacrificed their lives to release him? Won’t he be able to enjoy his life as a free man without onerous obligations? Would he be able to live normal life under the weight of obligations to those who risked and sacrificed their lives to secure his release?