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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-11 10:19 AM
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NYTimes: Gilad Shalit's Release
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"We share the joy of Israelis over the release of Sgt. First Class Gilad Shalit, who was held by Hamas for five years. We will leave it to the Israeli people to debate whether the deal which includes the release of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners will make their country safer or lead to more violence or more abductions of Israeli soldiers or other citizens.

We are already concerned that the deal will further thwart an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, the only real guarantee of lasting security for both sides.

Now that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has compromised with Hamas, we fear that to prove his toughness he will be even less willing to make the necessary compromises to restart negotiations. And we fear that the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and his Fatah faction, who were cut out of the swap altogether, will be further weakened.

Both Mr. Netanyahu and Hamas were looking for a political win after Mr. Abbas grabbed the international spotlight and saw his popularity soar when he asked the United Nations last month to grant his undefined country full membership.

Mr. Netanyahu twisted himself in an ideological knot to get this deal. Only five months ago, he wanted to cut off tax remittances to the Palestinian Authority and urged the United States to halt aid because Mr. Abbas tried to forge a unity government with Hamas, which controls Gaza.

One has to ask: If Mr. Netanyahu can negotiate with Hamas which shoots rockets at Israel, refuses to recognize Israels existence and, on Tuesday, vowed to take even more hostages why wont he negotiate seriously with the Palestinian Authority, which Israel relies on to help keep the peace in the West Bank?"

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/19/opinion/gilad-shalits-release.html?_r=3&ref=opinion
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