The World is always silence when Jews are harmed.and that's is the perfect example. Take it from me who lived in Egypt till expelled. They do not respect human life because the populace in the Islamic word is so brained washed by their leaders that can give their citizens the opportunity for a descent life and blame foreing entity for their misery.
"But right-wing and religious politicians would be wise to consider that the slope to censor objectionable views is a slippery one, one that could easily end in criminal charges for individuals who oppose prisoner releases or territorial withdrawals."
That is foolish reasoning. The left has already censored the right repeatedly e.g. the outlawing of Meyer Kahane's party. What more can they do?
There is nothing to be read into the fact that news media around the world have remained mostly silent about the kidnappings. The American citizens, before the kidnapping, were enraged when they discovered we were supplying paychecks to terrorists and their families; we wanted funds going to Palestine stopped immediately, and our government said the current payment was already under way and couldn't be stopped.
Obama and his administration did not want to have to acknowledge a real or even possible connection of Hamas to this evil deed. In America, even many who support Palestine's position in the conflict with Israel would condemn kidnapping children. Obama couldn't win on this one.
As far as other countries go, England, France, Italy.. all have a significant Muslim population who regularly challenge authority and laws, and who riot when they are ticked off. "Above all else, keep the Muslims from getting mad," seems to be their policy and as such, they would keep quiet so as not to offend the Muslim population.