I think we are all in a bit of shock over Bibi’s plan to release 104 Arab terrorists. While Bibi is surprised at the push-back he’s getting.
After all, this isn’t the first time that Israel has released terrorists, nor the first time that Israel has released terrorists in a lop-sided deal. So while Bibi expected lip-service attacks, he wasn’t expecting this all-out full-frontal revolt, including from his most closest associates.
But this is the first time that Israel has released terrorists in exchange for nothing. Literally nothing. Not Gilad Shalit, not dead soldier’s bodies, not even a signature.
And the terrorists set to be released are some pretty horrid, unrepentant, hardcore murderers.
In the past, our Prime Ministers have claimed that what they see from there, is not what we see from here, but it appears the Prime Minister has become disconnected from realities on the ground, and that is why he was taken by surprise by the revolt. Sitting over there, he doesn’t understand what even the most simplest person in Israel understands. There isn’t a sane citizen in Israel that understands why he is doing this, or even understands his stated explanation as to why he is doing it.
We, the citizens of Israel, were not happy about the government freeing 1000 terrorists for Gilad Shalit, but we understood that since the government has lost its ability to save him, this would have been the only way to free him.
But this deal? It has no upside. It has no benefits that we can weigh it against. We can’t even say its capitulation, since he’s not capitulating to anything.
He’s just freeing terrorists to get the Palestinians to show up at the table.
That’s not capitulation. That’s begging.
One must assume that the US has threatened Israel with something serious. It must be something serious. I hope its serious, because I can’t imagine any other reason for Bibi to do this.