Hamas and Hizballah launch raids into Israel, kill soldiers, and take three hostages. Israel caught with its knickers down, launched retaliatory raids to try to release them, and started a major war in the north, scores dead and wounded, and where are the boys? What is Israel doing about the boys? Can one imagine that GWB would let three American soldiers languish in Hamastan or Hizballahstan? What the public outcry would be in America?
Today it is reported that Israel will free 1000 prisoners for the release of Shalit, held in Hamastan. Seems that that will encourage more such attacks, but it does save Shalit’s life. And that seems to be inline with the mitzvah of pidyon shevuim. Olmert backtracks today on his statement that he stopped the war because they were not sure if the soldiers in Lebanon were alive. Most likely Israel knew that when they were kidnapped, so why the smokescreen?
If they are alive, Israeli petitions to the Red Cross for access should be incessant, loud and publicized. If they are dead, why did they invade? The mitzvah of pidyon shevuim did and does not justify military invasion.
Olmert, just do the right thing and go into early retirement. Please.