It's obvious that the Israeli government hasn't a clue about how to negotiate. Every time our hapless government gives in and agrees to a terrorist demand, a new demand pops up like poisonous mushrooms after a long rain.
Paula Stern who blogs the very popular A Soldier's Mother wrote a rather confusing post about Gilad Shalit and what she sees as a major dilemma, what to give the terrorists in exchange for him. Here's my comment:
As I write this my two sons are in milu'im (reserves.)The doubt she shows is dangerous and weakening. We have to be pragmatic and recognize the fact that all of our niceness, gestures etc have only brought us more trouble.
Gilad Shalit would probably have been home now if we hadn't been nice to the Arab terrorists in our jails, if we had told the RC that they don't see those prisoners until they see Gilad and arrange his return home. He's not the equivalent of a terrorist, and it's dangerous for us and our kids for that formula to be accepted.
If we hadn't kept offering more and more, he'd probably be home in Israel already.
If we'd acted strong and sovereign rather than weak, desperate and pathetic, he'd probably be home already.
When we close our eyes to reality, the pressures spin us around like in a game of "pin the tail on the donkey." We could end up walking out the door, going miles, blindfolded, searching for that tail-less donkey. We must resist the pressures to play the games that the world keeps pushing us into. We must pull off the blindfold and take a good look at reality.
Only our determination to do what's best for us and us only will free Gilad Shalit. We've lost the deterrence weapon a long time ago. The Arabs know very well that we're a paper tiger. The time has come for us to change gears and play by different rules, our rules, Jewish rules, Torah Laws.