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The Pollard-Shalit Hostage Negotiations

Obama's prisoner exchange proposal is reminiscent of the Gilad Shalit deal. The primary difference is where the hostage is being held.
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Terrorists who murdered a friend of mine are supposedly on the list of terrorists to be released in this upcoming round of prisoner releases – all for the “privilege” of seating down with the PA chief terrorist for talks. That makes this particular terrorist release a bit more personal for me than some of the other releases.

The talk today in Israel is about the proposal that Kerry and Obama purportedly made to Abbas and Netanyahu.

Netanyahu will free these terrorists, Abbas will continue to sit and talk to Netanyahu until the end of the year or so, and Obama will, in exchange, free Jonathan Pollard.

A lot of thoughts went through my head when I heard this.

The first was the Wye Agreement, when Clinton promised Netanyahu that he would free Pollard, and then reneged on that. So I hope that if Netanyahu agrees, he learned his lesson, and will demand Pollard be released first.

But I also thought about Pollard being freed, with the disgusting price being demanded in return.

And that brought me to thinking about Gilad Shalit and Hamas.

Gilad Shalit was being held hostage by Hamas in order to obtain the release of terrorists, and now the message from the White House is that Pollard is being held hostage by Obama in order to obtain the release of terrorists.

The comparison is obvious, and here in Israel, where we’ve had a lot of unfortunate experience in this area – it’s what most of us are thinking.

I’m not going to discuss the morality of trading terrorists for hostages, but it is an incredibly difficult decision.

But I would ask Netanyahu to add one more condition to this hostage negotiation.

We don’t want these terrorists anywhere near us. Not in Israel, not in the PA.

We’ll take Pollard, in exchange for releasing the terrorists, so Abbas will pretend to talk to us some more. But we don’t want those terrorists anywhere near us.

Netanyahu should say our condition is as follows, the plane that is bringing Jonathan Pollard home to Israel, should, on its way back to America, be transporting all those released terrorists to their new homes – in America.

That’s a fair trade.

About the Author: JoeSettler blogs at The Muqata.blogspot.com and occasionally on his own blog at JoeSettler.blogspot.com.


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13 Responses to “The Pollard-Shalit Hostage Negotiations”

  1. Ronen Shani says:

    If Obama wants us to free Murderers with Israeli passport, we could do it but only if he accepts to take them and house them in the U.S, not in Israel!..

  2. Pollard compares to terrorists?

  3. DISPICABLE !!!!!! Shame shame

  4. I know its unbelievable, morals have gone down the toilet. Shame on America’s Government.

  5. Pollard was arrested back when I was a kid. I taught US History for years and America has had plenty of problems with morality, even what is called Christian ‘morality’, since its beginning. They started in the toilet. However, what we have is a country that uses Israel (and Jews) when it needs to, looks down on it, judges it and even punishes it while supporting enemies of Israel and requires it to like it. I doubt any type of ‘moral’ standard has ever been involved. But if Israel was not afraid of its American overseers it could use its own sanctions against the US, and should. Israel lets the US mistreat it and shares some of the blame. Israel should rescue Pollard the same way it might rescue any Jew from enemy hands.

  6. Ethan Perks says:

    If this is true, then Pollard is a hostage, not a prisoner.

  7. Now there is a writer 'after my own heart'!!! What better trade could you think of!!!

  8. Run Guo says:

    Nothing sounds more reasonable like this one.

  9. No release of prisoners.

  10. No release of prisoners. Don't threaten Israel with Pollard. Two different issues.

  11. Larry H. Gentry says:

    Pollard should be released. At least he isn't likely to start killing innocent people. Israel should not release the murderers of it's people. Period. (not an Obama "period" but a REAL period.

  12. Sientje Seinen says:

    Obama has no mercy, he doesnt know the meaning of the word

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