Roger L. Simon

Hobson's Choice?

The Israelis have now arrested sixty-some Hamas officials and threaten to try them for terrorism. No doubt many of them could be convicted, but the obvious intention here is to put pressure to obtain the release of Gilad Shalit, the kidnapped soldier. The problem with the Israeli strategy is this: Maybe the officials won’t want to go home. Where would you prefer to spend the rest of your life – Gaza or an Israeli prison? (I report; you decide.)