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What is truly puzzling about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposing to release more than 100 of the worst Palestinian terrorists to have ever murdered Israelis is that it is impossible to figure out any reason for him to do so. It is not just that one might oppose this plan, it is that I cannot think of a single reason for supporting it. Let’s go very carefully through the arguments, and try to find a reasonable one.

It is true, of course, that Israel has released prisoners before. Yet under different circumstances.

In one case, prisoners — sometimes in very large  numbers — were released in exchange for Israeli soldiers. This could be controversial, but also one could make a case for it. The prisoners might have been convicted on less serious charges, or they might have been near the end of their imprisonment. There was a nobility in putting the value of Israelis high, keeping the promise of doing everything possible to rescue them. And while the families of the victims could be considered, so could the families of the captives.

A second rationale for such releases is for a calculation of diplomatic gain. Perhaps the release of some prisoners will help bring a ceasefire, or get serious negotiations going — when we thought that these were possible — or get some valuable gains or material benefits from the West.

I have supported such past releases, painful and dangerous as they were.

But the curiosity here: why is Israel releasing the worst terrorists for no gain? Not even good publicity?

Surely it isn’t for domestic popularity. Because Israelis hate this decision.

Nor is it related to the previous Netanyahu strategy, which has been to humor Obama, play along, keep him happy, make minimal and low-cost concessions, and let the PA show it doesn’t want to make peace.

Nor will it get Israel any good publicity in Europe or America. On the contrary, the mass media will not tell the readers and viewers the extent of the crimes perpetrated by these terrorists, or generate sympathy for the real victims. If anything, the coverage will emphasize sympathy for the terrorists’ families, and leave the impression that the terrorists were political prisoners arrested for no good reason by the cruel occupation authorities.

Is the PA offering something? No.

Any hint that the PA will suspend the demand that all Palestinians can come live in Israel (and subvert it), or that it will recognize Israel as a Jewish state, or that the pre-1970 lines will be altered in Israel’s favor? No.

Any concession will be pocketed, and then the PA will demand more. We know that. The strategy of unilateral creation of Palestine, without any deal at all, will continue.

Perhaps some big prize will be given by the United States? Well, like what? In Egypt and Syria the United States is supporting the Muslim Brotherhood against Israel’s interests. In Turkey, Obama loves an anti-Israel Turkish government.

Is there some secret American promise? Well, what is an Obama promise worth? Obama has gone back on a pledge to support a frontier change to allow Israel to include large settlement blocs. And then there was Turkey, where President Obama personally mediated a deal in which Israel made concessions, than he did nothing when Turkey ignored all the provisions and openly broke the agreement.

Remember how Obama asked Israel for a construction freeze on settlements … and then gave it no credit when it did so? Twice?

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It appears it is about appearances. Kind of like wearing the UN puke blue tie.

You don't really want to, but you have to show the world you are on the team. When the moon god worshipers go ape shi# again, Israel can just wipe them off the face of the map.

May it happen sooner, rather than later. Just so I can feel good.
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The key point here is about obama. "What is an obama promise worth?" Less than dog droppings, they at least might fertilize a weed with a pretty flower.
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I think that Obama issued some direct threat to Bibi in order for him to agree to get the Palestinians to the table. My guess is that he threatened Bibi with restoring diplomatic relations with Iran, which I think he will do anyhow. A nuclear armed Iran is a core interest of the base of the Democratic Party 1) A nuclear armed Iran will deter the US from "misadventures" like Iraq/Afghanistan
2) A nuclear armed Iran will do the dirty work of trying to enforce endless UN resolutions against Israel, which Obama would like to do but is constrained by the US Congress. A nuclear armed Iran would help Obama do an end run around the US Congress. 3) Obama would like to replace the traditional relationship with Israel with a US/Turkey/Iran axis
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Of course there is a good reason to release these 104 killers of Israelis! At least 6 of them (and, maybe more) are now Israeli agents and the only way to position them where they can do the most good is to give them the cover of a mass release in an amnesty.
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A hundred and four. Well, I think the IDF should pull a Litvinenko, and covertly inject the miscreants with Polonium 210 as they release them-- they'll all die in two weeks from radiation poisoning, but at least they were released alive. There will be a lot of speculation and name calling and stone throwing, but that didn't seem to bother the Russians or the Americans and life went on.
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nothing will come of this just as nothing comes of the delusional muslim creature in the white house. oh wait. something. war will come. hey, arabia here comes the sun. oh wait. that's not the sun.
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Israel and the West believe that the Palestinians and Islam, in general, can be bought off, that there is some fundamental meeting point of interest, a synthesis in Marxist terms.

I believe the assumption is false and that doing so weakens the negotiating position, rather than strengthening it.

As to prisoner releases I totally disagree. Shalit was performing a valuable service by keeping so many truly evil people off the street, and many of them were dangerous, and fact which the author ignores. N. was just playing to the group, without regard to the cost to his fellow citizen.

The goal for the government is to do something showy, even if a meaningful true peace is impossible: there, the idea, the image counts more than the deed.
1 year ago
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It turns out we have a weak PM who behaves like a puppet at critical times. The Defense Minister Ya'alon said 'the reasons for the release will become clear in time.'

Go jump, Bogie.
1 year ago
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" There is simply no proper motive for following such a terrible policy."

There is however an improper one. Should a guy, and his gal, long for the limelight and the good life there is no better job in the world than President of the State of Israel.
What a job! A term of seven years and a budget sixty times that of the Prime Minister and no official responsibilities?
The problem is that the position is controlled by Israel's leftists. And one would have to win their support to get it.
After all who wouldn't want Barbara singing at their birthday party?
1 year ago
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The real mystery is why Israel would give Kerry or Obama the time of day. These two morons have nothing to add to this situation and the PA will just laugh at these fools while plotting their next terror staged by none other than the terrorists. There is nothing further to be gained by trying to negotiate with these terrorists. Let them rot on the vine and if they go to war with Israel--let allah sort them out when they arrive.
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Why are we doing this? Because Kerry wants to be President.

We are George Zimmerman and Kerry is Treyvon Martin. Only this time, Martin holds the gun.
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