Gilad Shalit has come home while Israel will end up releasing over a thousand terrorists including those with Israeli blood on their hands and a visceral hatred in their hearts. Even those who were in complete agreement supporting the deal conceded that there would be ramifications and Israel would pay a dear price of the numbers and types of terrorists who were to be freed. What were ignored were the immediate actions that would be initiated by Hamas and their fellow terror entities in Gaza to celebrate their great victory over Israel, over the Zionist Entity as they refer to Israel. The true nature of the immediate price has been made unavoidable with the massive increase in numbers and size of the rocket barrages into southern Israeli civilian population centers and upsurge of rock-throwing and other methods of attacking vehicles with Israeli license plates in and near to Samaria and Judea including attacks on an Egged bus and the new light rail trams in Jerusalem. There were many injuries and even more numerous numbers of those suffering from psychological difficulties from the attacks in addition to the death of fifty-six year old Ami Moshe in Ashkelon. This time the resultant celebratory violence was equal to the increased record levels of the number of terrorists released in this exchange. This has become the trend with ever increasing demands being made and reluctantly succumbed to by Israeli leadership when either the remains or the rare live kidnapped victim has been ransomed. One would hope that soon Israelis would wake to the warnings which are recorded in Jewish Torah, Oral Law and the Mishnah which forbids the paying of ransom that is unbalanced and demands that any ransom paid must be of equal measure, one person for one person or the related price to be of an equal measure. The only argument in these discussions was in the case where the victim will certainly be murdered if not ransomed, then some say a higher price is allowed while a near equal number claim this should not change the acceptable payment. The one area of complete and total agreement is that once a disproportionate payment has been agreed to, then you will have guaranteed ever more efforts will be made to take hostages and each will require an ever higher ransom to be paid. I fear we are too far down that road now to allow for retreat to equality in future trades. Yet, that day will eventually arrive and I fear for those who may be held ransom when the price becomes too exorbitant to be met.
Meanwhile, Israelis are currently paying the unspoken payment for this disproportionate trade, the hugely increased attacks upon the innocent. We also have a situation where a Saudi cleric offered a $100,000 reward for the capture of the next hostage and this reward was bumped up to an even $1,000,000 by one of the Saudi Princes. This is just a further escalation and the onslaughts that will very likely result due to the release of numerous planners and leaders of the terror efforts which make up the largest part of the Palestinian efforts to remove the Jews and all of Israel from amongst their lands. The rockets and the rocks that are lobbed with the intent to murder Israelis tells those willing to see with open eyes and open minds the true intent of the Palestinian leadership and seemingly the majority of the Palestinian people. The current level of attacks from both ends of the Palestinian society, the rockets from Gaza and the rocks, boulders and other projectiles including fire-bombs from Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem metropolitan areas, and areas within the Green Line that border these areas not only cannot be allowed to continue but must not be allowed to continue. Between the release of the terrorists and the Palestinian strides through the international organization to gain recognition of statehood and determination to remove Israel from the map of the world, Israel and her people are facing forces that do not simply oppose them on some points or borders but who are intent and committed to a war of genocide, especially against the Jewish population, and will not settle for anything less unless they are defeated.
Israel is going to have to make some difficult decisions and begin to implement the steps to establish a defined and permanent end to the conflict with the Palestinians, and soon thereafter, with the rest of Israel’s neighbors by whatever means prove necessary. No country can allow situations such as are being imposed on the Israelis by these terror acts and the concerted efforts of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) NGOs and other groups and expect to continue as an independent nation. With this renewed high level of attacks with even more powerful explosive warheads on the rockets and larger, longer range rockets with ever increasing accuracy as part of the cache available to Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other groups, Israeli leaders are going to have to respond with a definitive and substantial response that will be sufficient to end the attacks. The entire society of southern Israel which has come within the range of these more powerful attacks has been shut down. Schools are closed, parents are remaining home with their children, recreational and organized events have been forced to be cancelled, and shoppers are afraid to venture outside. This is not a functioning society and the government must stand up and protect its citizens as that is the first, most important and basic function which they are obliged to provide. Whether Israelis and their leaders wish it or not, war has been declared and their choices are fight or simply give up and run and hide elsewhere. That would beg the question of where and I doubt the approximately seven million Jewish Israelis would be accepted by any other country, definitely none in the Middle East or Africa; nor Europe or Asia; and doubtful that they could relocate en masse to South America, Greenland, Australia, or Central America. In the entire world, the sole places other than Israel where the Jews might be welcomed would be Canada and possibly the United States. Next time the world once again demands that Israel not defend themselves and show restraint, let them first offer the Jews of Israel an alternative where they may settle with a guarantee of peace, security, and be allowed to practice their religion for the remainder of time. I seriously doubt any of those who always seem to have an idea that things would be so much better if only the Jews would leave Israel would have any suggestion on where they should go and where they belong. Since the world has no offer or solution, obviously, then it is incumbent upon Israel to do that which is necessary, and the necessity is becoming clearer every day for those who will simply open their eyes and see without malice or prejudice.
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