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Last week in this space (“Secretary Kerry and Confidence Building”) we explored the secretary of state’s pressuring Israel to release convicted Palestinian terrorists as a “confidence building” measure in order to keep the Palestinians at the negotiating table.
As we noted, a compliant Prime Minister Netanyahu went along with the idea despite the fact that those released were unreconstructed murderers of women and children who could be expected to return to the ranks of active terrorists. So we were nonplussed to read of the vociferous U.S. objections to Afghanistan’s announced intention to release 88 prisoners accused of attacking American forces.
Several months ago the U.S. reluctantly acceded to the request of President Hamid Karzai and turned over custody of the detainees to Afghan authorities but with a warning that if they were subsequently released – especially those with American blood on their hands – it could torpedo negotiations for a long term security agreement with the U.S.
Military commanders had initially resisted the demands out of fear that released terrorists could easily return to the battlefield against American forces. They acquiesced when Mr. Karzai reportedly gave his assurances that the prisoners would not be released over the objection of the U.S. and its Western coalition partners.
Interestingly, an Afghan defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “We are not happy at all. They turn into war heroes once they go back to their villages and join the fight against Afghans. Releasing the prisoners is harming us.”
For their part, Senators John McCain, Lindsay Graham and John Barrasso, who were visiting the country, told reporters that if the releases were finalized there would be a backlash against Afghanistan in Congress, wit irreparable damage to the U.S.-Afghanistan relationship. The issue has now come to the fore with the announcement that the prisoners will be released.
We suspect most Americans share the concerns of the Obama administration and congressional leaders. Surely it would be counterintuitive to support the Karzai plan. Why, then, was Secretary of State Kerry so insistent that Israel release scores of Palestinians with Israeli blood on their hands, even as he knew full well that previously released terrorists were welcomed as heroes by PA President Mahmoud Abbas and that many if not most immediately returned to the terrorist enterprise against Israel.
What’s the principled difference?
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The decision to not publicly light the Menorah in Sydney, epitomizes the eternal dilemma of Judaism and Jews in the Diaspora.
Am Yisrael is one family, filled with excruciating pain&sorrow for losing the 4 kedoshim of Har Nof
What is its message of the dreidel?” The complexity and hidden nature of history and miracles.
Police play down Arab terrorism as mere “violence” until the truth can no longer be hidden.
The 7 branches of the menorah represent the 7 pillars of secular wisdom, knowledge, and science.
Obama obtained NO verifiable commitments from Cuba it would desist from acts prejudicial to the US
No one would deny that the program subjected detainees to less than pleasant treatment, but the salient point is, for what purpose?
For the past six years President Obama has consistently deplored all Palestinian efforts to end-run negotiations in search of a UN-imposed agreement on Israel.
It’s not an admiration. It is simply a kind of journalist fascination. It stands out, it’s different from more traditional Orthodoxy.
For Am Yisrael, the sun’s movements are subservient to the purpose of our existence.
Israelis now know Arab terrorism isn’t caused by Israeli occupation but by ending Israeli occupation
Anti-Semitism is a social toxin that destroys the things that people most cherish and enjoy.
Amb. Cooper highlighted the impact of the Chanukah/Maccabee spirit on America’s Founding Fathers
It seems to us that while the Jewish entitlement to the land of Israel transcends the Holocaust, the Jewish experience during that tragic time is the most solid of foundations for these “national rights.”
Last year the Obama administration sought to minimize civilian deaths from drone strikes by generally requiring that missile attacks be limited to instances where Americans were directly threatened and there was a “near certainty” that no civilians would be killed.
If anything, Operation Protective Edge showed that Israel will not pull punches when it comes to combating terror.
Toward the end of Operation Protective Edge this past summer, the president was unusually vocal about Israel’s so-called disproportionate use of force and alleged lack of compliance with international humanitarian law.
There was no accompanying caption, but the cartoon could not help but feed the anti-Semitic canard that Israel was responsible for 9/11.
An accomplished Torah scholar and ardent adherent of Bobov chassidus, he was renowned for his self-effacing dedication and skills as an international lawyer and law professor
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