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Prisoner Release Highlights Erosion of Israel’s Will

In this morally unjust, tactically unwise, strategically harmful, militarily hazardous and life-endangering unilateral concession, we see the erosion of Israeli will.
Israel is giving in on the release of Palestinian prisoners with Jewish blood on their hands.

Israel is giving in on the release of Palestinian prisoners with Jewish blood on their hands.

The Obama administration has made Israel no secret promise of action on Iran, military or otherwise – top Israeli officials have privately told us as much, and it is hard for any country to insist on secret commitments of this type anyway.

All of which suggests that Israel will rue this decision. The U.S. would never release Guantanamo detainees because the Taliban demanded it in return for talks. Why should Israel? It is still not too late for Jerusalem to refuse to release the terrorists – and say why.

About the Author: Morton A. Klein is national president of the Zionist Organization of America. Dr. Daniel Mandel is director of the ZOA's Center for Middle East Policy.


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One Response to “Prisoner Release Highlights Erosion of Israel’s Will”

  1. Netanyahu and his leckayers have to go in prison for live becouse the releasing cruelty terrorists murderers.

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