Information is beginning to seek out that Israel is ready to free all the prisoners demanded by Hamas in return for Gilad Shalit, the soldier who was “kidnapped” in June 2006, by the “Gaza militants”.1 The newspeak is mind boggling; Shalit was captured, not “kindnapped”, by Palestinian fighters, not “militants”. Or have the 421 Palestinians killed between January and September 2008 alone been murdered by Israeli terrorists? No doubt, many Israelis would find this language offensive, however, most of them would have no difficulty in asserting that the 21 Israelis who died during the same period were the victims of terrorism.2
Statistics and actions tell stories of their own and “terrorists” preparing to throw fire bombs or even stones or even, maybe doing nothing at all, are shot by the thoroughly moral, exceedingly decent, wonderfully ethical IDF on a daily basis. For instance, earlier today an IDF spokesman said, “troops shot a protester who had been preparing to attack them with a fire-bomb.”3 Yes, that is right, the youth who was protesting didn’t actually throw the “fire bomb” but he was preparing to throw it when “bang, bang, bang”. This was the third killing in three days in the West Bank and one of the three Palestinian “terrorists” who died, was shot in the chest “as Palestinians burnt tires to block a road north of the hub city of Ramallah, 100 meters from the settlement of Beit El.”4 Now, we are not really sure if the particular Palestinian who was shot was actually helping to burn the tires. Sherlock Holmes is not required for some basic deduction here and the evidence would appear to suggest that if you are Palestinian and even get close to people burning tires you might get a bullet through the head, whereas if you are a “settler” living in one of the jewish “neighbourhoods” in the West Bank and you go out to lynch some Palestinians, the worse that might happen is you will be prevented from doing so by the IDF. Or have the IDF shot any settlers to date. With statistics and actions such as this we can begin to understand Israel’s readiness to agree to Hamas’s demands and the evidence would seem to suggest that one Israeli soldier is worth up to a 1,000 Palestinian prisoners5 or is it “terrorists”? Anyway, it will certainly be easier to shoot them once they are free, that is for sure.
3 See 1 ibid