Second Phase of Swap Deal Completed: 550 Palestinian Prisoners Freed

Local Editor

550 Palestinian prisoners were freed on Sunday, in the second stage of a deal between the Zionist entity and the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas.

The majority of the freed prisoners returned to the West Bank, ruled by Fatah movement. The second stage of the deal included 41 prisoners returned to Gaza, two to east al-Quds (Jerusalem) two to Jordan and the remainder to the occupied West Bank.

Sunday’s release completes the Egyptian-brokered deal to exchange a total of 1,027 prisoners for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was captured by Hamas fighters in June 2006. Shalit returned home on October 18 when Israel freed the first batch of 477 prisoners.

Unlike the first stage, the second stage did not include anyone “with blood on their hands”. The October operation included hundreds of prisoners serving life for killing Zionists.


For his part, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the movement welcomed the release of all prisoners, regardless of their political affiliation.

“We are proud of this great achievement,” he said.
He said Hamas leaders would welcome all returning prisoners, and offer them assistance with housing, employment and finding a spouse.


Hours before the release got underway, hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint. They were among the crowd gathered at Beitunia, southwest of Ramallah, anxiously awaiting their relatives who were being freed.
Tempers ran high and when youths began pushing the nearby security fence and throwing rocks, soldiers fired tear gas and stun grenades, witnesses said.

Source: Agencies

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Touching moments at the welcome of the released prisoners – video

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Gazans Dancing Dabkah ,in the streets while they waiting the Freed prisoners To celebrate with Them ,It was amazing day , Full of Happiness But this Happiness mixed with sorrow because there are a lot of Prisoners in Israeli Jails , Having Hope to get Freedom. this Video BY Hani Siliman Salamah


550 Palestinian captives freed on Sunday evening

[ 18/12/2011 – 11:26 PM ]


GAZA, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authorities freed on Sunday evening 550 Palestinian captives in fulfilment of the prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and the Israeli occupation through which a total of 1050 Palestinian captives were liberated in exchange of Israeli occupation soldier Gilad Shalit.

Of the 550 liberated captives, 41 are from the Gaza Strip, 2 from Jordan and 507 from the West Bank and included six female captives.

The Gaza liberated captives arrived through the Karm Abu Salem crossing to an official and popular welcome. Deputy speaker of the PLC, Ahmad Bahar, as well as other lawmakers, government officials and factions leaders were in reception of the liberated captvies.

The West Bank captives were also received by representatives of all factions, lawmakers and thousands of family members who waited all day for their arrival.

The Israeli occupation delayed the release of the captives a few hours to spoil the joy of the families of the liberated captives.

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Israeli Army Raids WB Ex-prisoners’ Homes, Strikes Gaza

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Israeli forces raided the homes of seven Palestinian prisoners freed during the latest prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and the Zionist entity, Ma’an news agency reported.

“Israeli military vehicles entered the northern West Bank city of Qalqiliya Sunday midnight and issued summons to Akram Mansour, Shadi Zayid and Ibrahim Yasin to report to Israeli intelligence… soldiers also raided the homes of freed prisoners Nael and Fakhri Barghouthi… and Adnan Zeid al-Kilani,” the agency added.

The Israeli army also raided the homes of two freed female prisoners on Sunday.
In parallel, one Palestinian was killed and four others were injured after the Israeli air forces stroke the Palestinian navy’s location in the Gaza Strip Monday morning.

Freed female captive receives summons from the Israeli intelligence

[ 13/11/2011 – 06:26 PM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Palestinian sources said that IOF soldiers raided at an early hour on Sunday morning the home of freed captive Somoud Karaja from the village of Safa west of Ramallah, and handed her a summons to attend an interview with Shabak officers at Ofer prison.
The sources also said that the IOF detained the Karaja family outside their home, while they ransacked it before handing the summons to ex-captive.

Karaja was freed recently in the prisoner exchange deal reached between the occupation and Hamas. She served 3 years of a 20-year sentence. 

IOF troops storm Balata round up 4 refugees, harass liberated prisoners

[ 14/11/2011 – 01:03 PM ]

NABLUS, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the Balata refugee camp east of Nablus city at dawn Monday and rounded up four young men, local sources reported.
They said that the IOF soldiers in 20 armored vehicles burst into the camp and searched many homes before taking the four youths, adding that they broke into the homes of two liberated prisoners including a woman and threatened them against indulging in anti-occupation activity.
The locals said that the soldiers, who used dogs in their pre-dawn raid, wreaked havoc on all searched houses.
In Qalqilia, IOF soldiers served summonses to a number of liberated prisoners, freed in the latest exchange deal between Hamas and Israel, on Sunday night including Akram Mansour the third oldest (ex) prisoner in the world.
An Israeli intelligence officer warned liberated prisoner Sumud Karaje in Ramallah on Sunday that she would be re-arrested if she returned to anti occupation activity.

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Prisoner Exchange Exposes Palestinian Authority

Palestinians from the Gaza Strip celebrate the release of hundreds of prisoners following a swap with captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit on 18 October 2011 in Gaza City. Crowds of Palestinians, many of them overwhelmed and in tears, welcomed home hundreds of freed detainees in the West Bank and Gaza, under a landmark prisoner exchange deal with Israel. (Photo: AFP – Alessio Romenzi)
Published Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The prisoner exchange deal was a major achievement for Hamas and a great step forward for the Palestinian people, particularly the prisoner’s movement.
Hamas earned respect and credibility for its management of a very complex issue. In particular, the entire operation was played out on Palestinian land and largely handled in Palestine for five years, under complicated and dangerous circumstances.
The exchange brought joy to the lives of prisoners, their families, and all Palestinians living in Palestine and abroad. It was a joy combined with honor, dignity, and the promising spirit of victory.
Veteran prisoners who were not included in the agreement have endured, along with their families, untold pain and suffering. The released prisoners and all the Palestinian people sympathize with them and understand these feelings.  
 Mazin Qumsiyeh: Kudos Mr. Abbas‏,
 “But there are still thousands of Palestinian prisoners”.
I am not on the boats to Gaza‏ 
It is important to highlight, however, that the continued suffering of the remaining prisoners is not caused by the prisoner exchange deal, but rather in spite of it. It is caused by a lack of a Palestinian vision for liberation that is tangible and ripe for the moment.
The idea that postponing the prisoner swap could have improved the terms of the deal is simply not true. On the contrary, delays could have jeopardized the agreement entirely. Such deals are done when the timing is right. They cannot be rushed, postponed, or determined beforehand.
The swap exposed a Palestinian leadership in the West Bank that does not hold much promise, as it has no real vision or project for liberating the rest of the political prisoners.
The prisoner swap deal, or any deal of that sort, is not without its limits. One should not expect a deal to liberate all 6,000 prisoners languishing in Israeli jails. We should evaluate Hamas’ success or failure based on the following question: did the movement exhaust all its capabilities before signing off on the deal? The answer is a definite yes.
For the deal, as it was achieved, is the outcome of certain power dynamics, and approving it was a legitimate and appropriate action. In the history of all struggles and liberation movements, even among the victorious, there are losses and victims. That does not make the victory any less significant.  
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh emphasized an important point in his liberation speech in Gaza.
“The borders of historic Palestine — Gaza, the West Bank, and the 1948 areas — are the borders of the prisoner exchange deal.
A freed Palestinian prisoner (R) is greeted by senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (L) upon arrival at the Rafah crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip October 18, 2011. Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners were released in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, freed after five years of captivity.   UPI/Ismael Mohamad
“With resistance we liberated Gaza. We liberated the land and the people,” he said.
Indeed, as Haniyeh claimed, resistance achieved what no other track, such as negotiations, was able to achieve or even come close to achieving.
Palestinian Reality
In addition to liberating the prisoners and their families from the burden and suffering of imprisonment, the exchange represents another important development. The swap exposed a Palestinian leadership in the West Bank that does not hold much promise, as it has no real vision or project for liberating the rest of the political prisoners.
It is no longer acceptable to postpone the issue of prisoners or give priority to other issues, as is the case with the Palestinian Authority’s pointless negotiations
It is no secret that this leadership is under the illusion that progress is possible without resistance, that it will come about as a gesture of good faith on the part of Israel. The history of the struggle with Israel, however, has taught us that the Zionist state will not hesitate to commit any crime against the Palestinians, unless it is unable to do so or pay the price. The prisoners will not be liberated by laws, courts, mercy, or futile negotiations.
The prisoner exchange deal has created a new margin of freedom for Palestinians and an atmosphere of national reconciliation. It has also rehabilitated a supporting Arab role that had been suppressed by peace agreements from Camp David to Oslo to the so called Arab Peace Initiative.
It has restored the value of resistance and the prospects of liberation, reaffirming that what was taken by force can only be restored by force; what was taken by occupation can only be restored by liberation; and what was taken by dispossession can only be restored by return.
Hamas’ insistence on the inclusion of Palestinian prisoners living in the 1948 lands is a strategic accomplishment. It is not the first exchange, historically speaking, to include prisoners from that part of historic Palestine. It is, however, the first deal since the Oslo Accords to do so, setting a precedent for the future.
The deal also revealed the strategic role that the new Egypt can play in liberating prisoners and restoring Palestinian rights, if the political will is there.
Hamas was able to take advantage of Israeli public opinion, which pressured the Israeli government for the return of the imprisoned Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit. It withstood Israel’s repressive escalation against it, against the prisoners movement, and against Gaza.
After this deal, the people now expect any action by the Palestinian leadership on the prisoners issue to be connected to the question of their release. The goal is to liberate the prisoners and not merely to improve the conditions of their imprisonment.
It is no longer acceptable to postpone the issue of prisoners or give priority to other issues, as is the case with the Palestinian Authority’s pointless negotiations, conditioned as they are on freezing settlement expansion. The framework around the issue of political prisoners, namely that there will be no final peace agreement without the release of all prisoners, is practically a deferment strategy. But Palestinians do not want this issue deferred as the recent exchange has presented a pressing opportunity.
Israel is taking precautions to prevent the capture of its soldiers and create a deterrent policy that includes liquidating Palestinian leaders, tightening their grip on prisoners, and using intelligence and technological assets. These methods, however, have been tried, while the Palestinian people have remained undeterred.
Nevertheless, one should not underestimate Israeli plans, and there is a need to develop a Palestinian strategy which minimizes the price paid in struggle while maximizing the benefits. This requires Palestinian preparedness. There is also pressing need for a supportive Arab contingent and for investment in Turkey’s role. Since both Egypt and Turkey desire regional power status, they can help foster, along with popular Palestinian, Arab, and international solidarity movements, a safety zone that could deter Israel, liberate political prisoners, and restore Palestinian rights.
This article is co-published by The Electronic Intifida and translated from Arabic.

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Palestinian Couple Marry after 18 Years of Groom’s Captivity

Former Palestinian prisoner and now groom, Taher Qubha claps as he is escorted by his male friends and family members to meet his bride on their wedding day in Gaza City on 28 October 2011. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Abed)
Published Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Israeli prison bars separated a Palestinian couple from marriage for 18 years. But following the latest prisoner deal, Taher and Raeda at long last tied the knot on a beach in Gaza.
Gaza — “Why would you associate your fate with that of a man who received several life sentences?”
Raeda has often heard this ‘advice’ from her family and friends during her long wait for her fiance, Taher. Taher, who is from Borgata in Jenin, was arrested in 1994 for planning an operation in Israel. He was sentenced to six life sentences. His 17-year-old fiance Raeda thought she would never see him again.

The young woman faced tremendous pressures to leave Taher, move on with her life, and start a family. She insisted on waiting, even though the future of her relationship with her fiance was uncertain. But after 18 years of waiting, they married, shortly after Taher was released as part of the latest prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas.

The wedding, which was held at the Commodore Hotel on a Gaza beach, was not what they had imagined. There was an overwhelming presence of cameras, TV screens, and political figures, namely Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and his family.

The occupation tried to ruin this happy occasion by insisting Taher could never return to his home in Jenin and must live in exile in Gaza. The couple were nevertheless determined to be together, so Raeda also left Jenin, crossing Jordan and Egypt in order to join her husband in the Strip.

Raeda waited year after year amid objections from her family. She refused to marry any of the men who proposed to her. She cried in private to evade her family’s demands she break off her engagement to Taher. Although the idea crossed Raeda’s mind when a friend broke up with her imprisoned fiance, something always kept her from taking such a course. What was it? She simply answers, “It would have been a great loss.” She had her own way to console herself.

But the marriages of her female relatives made her sad. Her only glimmer of hope was visiting her fiance in prison from time to time in order to renew their vows. Their meetings used to increase her determination. Taher’s wooden gifts, which he made for her while in prison, brought her happiness. She used to hold them until Taher was able to hug her himself. Raeda tells her story with a smile. The long hours of the night are over. Taher promises to compensate her for all those lost years they spent apart.

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

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Israel, U.S. , want Abbas to be full-fledged traitor

In his previous comments.

  • Mr. Amayereh thought “the Palestinian Authority (PA) decision to move against Muhammed Dahlan, the perpetual trouble-maker, will erase a major cause of the collision between Hamas and Fatah.”
  • Cosequentely he “thought that the Dayton era was well behind us.” and Abbas will be remembered as a a sincere man who tried but failed to make peace with Israel, even at a terrible price, namely giving up more than 78% of historical Palestine”.
  • Shocked with Abbas Disgraceful behavior, Mr. Amayereh, after de facto alliance” and “Mass axis”, invented another new term. He wrote: Israel, U.S. , want Abbas to be full-fledged traitor”

Don’t blame Mr. Amayereh, living in WB he can’t call the traitor ( “He, presumably could lose his freedom if he did”), Traitor. May be he will do it in his next comment.

In his below coment, you would learn new terms, such as, “genuine democratization”

Democracy can’t bring freedom to prisoners. “The Palestinian people therefore need, first and foremost, freedom from the Nazi-like occupation before they can exercise democracy.” he clamed, ignoring (not forgetting) that Palestinians exercised democracy and elected Hamas and prevented, the so-called half-fledged traitor” from selling Jerusalem, and the right of return.

After 477 Palestinians were freed in Gilad Shalit deal Zahar challenged Abbas to measure his popularity in elections.

Yes “Hamas is here to stay” So far Hamas stayed Because it represents the true aspirations of most Palestinians for a better tomorrow ( Forgive Mr. Amayereh, he can’t say for full liberation, “He, presumably could lose his freedom if he did”)

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  • Israel, U.S. , want Abbas to be full-fledged traitor

    [ 28/10/2011 – 10:13 PM ]

    It seems that the tight Jewish stranglehold on the American government is not only preventing the Obama administration from pursuing a fair, rational and honest approach to the enduring Palestinian crisis, but is also inhibiting the formulation in Washington of an accurate and objective understanding of basic facts in and about the Middle East.

    An example of this willful and unnecessary ignorance was a statement made recently by the US Ambassador for Middle East Peace David Hale.

    According to Hale, the Arab Spring could “sweep Hamas from power.”

    “The Palestinians are no more immune to currents of change and demand for democratization, reform and freedom than any other people in the region,” he was quoted as saying.

    “I think you will see those same forces affect Hamas because clearly their leadership is not characterized by any of those words.”

    Hale’s words exude a lot of ignorance and misunderstanding of the facts and realities in the region.

    First of all, the Palestinian people have been languishing under a sinister Israeli military occupation for 44 years, and no amount of “democratization” in occupied Palestine will change this fundamental fact.

    The Palestinian people therefore need, first and foremost, freedom from the Nazi-like occupation before they can exercise democracy. Perhaps people like Hale can’t bring themselves to uttering the word occupation for fear of upsetting the Jewish lobby in Washington . He presumably could lose his job if he did, especially in a sensitive election year. Hence, the conceived phobic reaction.

    Like most Palestinians, I am not against genuine democratization in Palestine. However, let us be honest and have no illusion: Without ending the evil Israeli occupation, no amount of democratization would really help the Palestinians attain their freedoms. The absence of democracy in Palestine is due to the presence of the occupation. Twisting this fact would be an expression of dishonesty and mendacity.

    Does democracy practiced by inmates in a maximum-security jail bring freedom to prisoners? Yes, it might help them manage their daily life and routine inside the jail, but it won’t help them regain their freedom.

    Likewise, the Palestinian people are not merely striving to enhance their daily life, though this is a legitimate and important task, if only to help Palestinians withstand the systematic and institutionalized oppression meted out to them by Zio-Nazism.

    The Palestinian people want absolute and total freedom from the decades-old nefarious Israeli occupation.

    Besides, since when did the US really show any serious concern about democratization in occupied Palestine or elsewhere in the Arab-Muslim region?

    Didn’t the U.S. abruptly lose its composure and mental equanimity when Hamas won the Palestinian elections in 2006? Didn’t a U.S., under aggressive and frenzied Jewish pressure, acted rather spasmodically to strangle and throttle the Palestinians following the said elections which by the way the Bush administration itself had Okayed?

    I am afraid I have bad news for Mr. Hale and his equally ignorant boss or bosses in Washington. Hamas is here to stay. Hamas, which only last week forced Israel to release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners from its dungeons and concentration camps, is strong and getting stronger:
    Strong because it represents the true aspirations of most Palestinians for a better tomorrow; and stronger because an arrogant Israel driven by Talmudic insolence only understands the language of force, stubbornness and strength.

    More to the point, a soft, obsequious approach toward Israel won’t take the Palestinians anywhere. It will only transform them into vanquished supplicants begging for their legitimate rights from an arrogant and rapacious Israel that is hell bent on stealing the remainder of Palestinian land.

    The truth of the matter regarding the impact of the Arab Spring on Hamas is that it has not only vindicated the liberation movement’s approach toward Israeli occupation, but it has also created an auspicious atmosphere conducive to helping Hamas and the Palestinians as a whole expedite their goals.

    The growing good chemistry between Hamas and Cairo is undoubtedly an auspicious development. The upcoming elections in Egypt, slated to start on 28 November, is expected to produce pleasant surprises if the nationalist and Islamist forces achieve victory in the polls and form the next Egyptian government.

    Israel and her guardian-ally, the U.S., (the latter is getting weaker and bankrupt by the hour) know that hundreds of millions of Arabs and Muslims expect the next government in Cairo to find a real correlation between the Egyptian commitment to uphold the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty and Israeli treatment of and behavior toward the Palestinian cause and people. I bet this is going to be a serious matter for Israel’s firsters and the Zionist shipyard dogs in Washington who think Israel’s interests come even before American interests.

    In any case, the Islamists are simply coming, and Israel will soon become bereft of friends in this region, no matter what desperate feats Israel is trying. And Israel has only itself to blame.

    The Israeli state, itself a crime against humanity (perhaps people like Hale would shake in fear while reading this shocking but veracious phrase) never really lost an opportunity to alienate Arabs and Muslims. The murderous Israeli modus operandi toward the Palestinians and other peoples in the region has generated a huge reservoir of hatred toward the Jewish state. The Arab masses, whether in Egypt or Tunisia or even Libya, will not waste anytime venting their frozen rage and accumulative frustration vis-à-vis Israel when they are given the chance to do so.

    The King of Jordan Abdullah II recently “warned” that Egypt might effectively abrogate its peace treaty with Israel and that Jordan was effectively becoming the last remaining advocate of peace with the Jewish state? The king knew what he was talking about. However, his warnings are unlikely to be heeded, given Israel’s characteristic insolence and America ‘s brazen subservience to the evil entity and its backers in Washington .

    As to the whoring peace process, it is really difficult to talk about this process using dignified language. How else can one relate to a process that is based on lies, fraught with lies, and shaped by lies?

    Israel, which we earlier described as a crime against humanity because it is based on ethnic cleansing, genocide, and aggression, wants Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to become a full-fledged traitor.
    Israel wants him to kiss the paramount right of return for the refugees goodbye, wants him to forget East Jerusalem, and wants him to formally accept perpetual Israeli control over Palestinian borders, water resources as well as the settlements established by Israel on occupied Arab land since 1967.

    Needless to say, Abbas would rather commit suicide than agree to these irrational demands. He knows that any Palestinian leader agreeing to these capitulations will not live long to even regret his folly.

    Besides, how can Abbas possibly offer a “workable” alternative to Hamas’s seemingly more logical and appealing line, which is based on resistance and steadfastness?

    Will Israel, for the sake of Abbas’s legendary moderation, withdraw to the borders of the 4th of June, 1967? Will Israel terminate the building of colonies and Judaizing of Jerusalem? Will Israel allow for the repatriation of millions of refugees uprooted from their homes when the evil entity was established 63 years ago, which is a sine-qua-non for any genuine and durable peace deal in the region? Will Israel dismantle the settlements?

    The answer is a plain NO.

    Another question: Will the U.S. pressure Israel to end its decades-old occupation? The answer is also a plain NO because the Jewish lobby is in tight control of American politics and policies. Moreover, an American president, especially in an election year, won’t commit political suicide by displeasing the only state in the world that truly calls the shots in Washington.

    So Bahr hit the nail in saying Unity Is Abbas’ Only Option
    The so-called half-fledged traitor” faces three bitter options,

    Commit suicide as a “Full-Fledged traitor”
    Commit suicide as a “Half-Fledged hero”
    Or he would try to save his by dissolving the Palestinian Authority

    Another Question for Mr, Amayereh: Will the “Jewish lobby is in tight control of American politics and policies let the US intervine in Libya, and Syria?

    The answer is also a plain yes, “especially in an election year”, to please “the only state in the world that truly calls the shots in Washington.”

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    Eye on The Enemy: Shalit Deal Verifies Hassan Nasrallah’s “Spider web” Theory

    Shalit Deal Verifies Hassan Nasrallah’s “Spider web” Theory

    Ron Ben-Yishai – Yedioth Ahronot

    The deal that brought Gilad Shalit back home was internally and politically unavoidable and it is probably also reasonable in relation to the security risks it holds.

    Nonetheless, in its essence and strategic meaning it was a capitulation. The capitulation of “Israel” to the extortion of a radical Islamic terrorist organization, which exposed the weak spot of the “Israeli” society, and struck with cruelty and firmness until it got all what it had asked for.

    But “Israel” isn’t only capitulated. It also celebrated a humiliating festival the “IDF” gave a hand to organize.

    Capitulation is not a bad word. Sometimes, it cannot be avoided in a drawn out war against a determined, fanatically-driven enemy. It is a humiliating act, yet it can be tolerated so long as it does not create an irreversible situation.

    That is, as long as this act does not endanger our physical existence as a nation and as a people, and enables us to preserve our strength in preparation of the next round where there is a good chance to be victorious.

    The Shalit deal is a capitulation of this kind, the tolerated kind, for the “IDF” and the Shin Bet have the tools to successfully deal with security ramifications, and because it helps us to preserve our strength. To be more exact – it boosts up the motivation of “IDF” soldiers and “Israeli” citizens as a whole, to fight and face the threats, while recognizing that mutual camaraderie is a meaningful expression in the “Israeli” society.

    Mutual camaraderie, to who have forgotten, is not just a perception that a state and its citizens would do everything they can to free someone who is abducted. That is only one side of the story. The other side is that Shalit deal strengthened our internal recognition that in “Israel” every citizen counts. That’s why, both the state and citizens should carry this burden, and we’ll sacrifice our soul and body for their sake.

    But this is the truth, it’s important to our future and so as it may be to our national might; it is only one part of the whole picture. A realistic estimate of what is expected must take into account the impact and outcomes of the deal on the other side. Not only on Hamas, but on all of “Israel’s” enemies, starting from Iran and Hizbullah to the most extreme Arab “Israelis”.

    “Israel’s” Enemies: Kidnappings Come Off

    Judging the reactions to the deal, it can be determined that it proved to our enemies that “Israeli” society knows how to endure losses, up to a point, but it cannot stand up to emotional and psychological dilemmas.

    Not only abductions – any use of violence that “Israel” does not have a good military response for, causes weakness and hysteria in the “Israeli” society, thus it’s an effective procedure that will lead to tactical capitulation and perhaps even strategic one to the Jews and their state.

    In fact, the Shalit deal provided a renewed Hassan Nasrallah’s “spider web” theory.

    In his opinion, the “Israeli” society symbolizes a spider web, which is easy to disentangle through imposing emotional damage, while taking advantage of the
    humanitarian values of Western society that force “Israel” to restrain its response – without directly confronting the IDF’s superior military power.

    As far as he concerned, the “IDF’s” withdrawal from southern Lebanon is proof of this theory, and Hamas reached the same conclusions after the “Israeli” withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.

    According to this theory, kidnappings almost come off, and should be continued, whether it was bodies of “Israelis” or living “Israelis”. This is proved by Hizbullah’s only achievement in the Second Lebanon War, which was the release of hundreds of prisoners – including the odious murderer Samir Kuntar -in return of two bodies.

    Such deals, including the Tennenbaum one, verified for the masses in the Arab world that Islamists, whether Sunnis or Shiites, are genuine when they claim that “”Israel” only understands force”.

    As such, it is obvious that the Shalit deal strengthens Hamas and the armed struggle it believes in, whereas it weakens Abou Mazen, who supports the non-violent struggle that aims to make “Israel” surrender through international pressure.

    Hamas’ success forces Abo Mazen to bolster the reconciliation with Hamas. But even if the Hamas leadership in Gaza will lean towards some sort of arrangement with “Israel”, as some experts claim, the released prisoners will not allow it to moderate its stance, at least not soon.

    Many of them enjoy great prestige and influence over the movement’s political leadership and its armed wing, and would do anything to outwit an arrangement with “Israel”. The Shalit deal, therefore, makes an “Israeli”-Palestinian agreement doubtful in the near future.

    Nevertheless, there are some positive aspects to the deal from “Israel’s” viewpoint. The deal very much improved the relationship with Egypt. The success of the Egyptian mediation made it clear to the Supreme Military Council that the relationship with “Israel” is valuable and significant.

    The agreement set by Egypt also allowed its military leadership to prove to the Egyptian and Arab masses that Cairo is capable of looking out for the Arab-Palestinian interest, and put “Israel” down if necessary.

    The deal also enabled Egypt to prove to the US, Europe, and to moderate Arab states, that it is the curbing factor that knows how to defuse regional mines. All of this rebuilds and boosts Egypt’s prestige as a leader in the region, which also supports Egypt’s demand from the US and Arab leaders to provide it with needed economic and financial aid, necessary as oxygen is to breathe.

    However, the deal also brought Egypt and Hamas closer. It is logic to assume that this firm bond would limit “Israel” actions against Hamas in the future.

    Another positive aspect related to the deal’s conditions. The exile of scores of major vandals to Gaza or foreign countries not only minimizes the security threat they pose, it is also heavy punishment for the deportees.

    Disconnecting from their families and their environment causes the released detainee psychological hardships, which not many can overcome. This Experience proves that many view exile as a kind of social isolation, which saddens and afflicts them for an extended period of time.

    Another positive point associated to the government, or Netanyahu to be exact. Anyone who claimed that the “Israeli” prime minister is unable to be pragmatic and make painful concessions must admit he was wrong. Pay attention, Abo Mazen, the American administration and European leaders.

    The red lines

    It is now a must that “Israel” learns its lessons from the Shalit case. It can be assumed that the next kidnapping is already on its way and therefore these lessons must be carried out rapidly.

    The main lesson is that “Israel”, in case of abduction, must immediately take action on three levels: first, establish a special intelligence task force which only mission is to deal with all the aspects of freeing the kidnapped citizen, starting with gathering intelligence info on his whereabouts, then develop operational options to free him, to support and consultations of negotiations.

    This task force must immediately be operated by “IDF”, Shin Bet and Mossad personnel. For instance, if an “Israeli” is kidnapped overseas, the Mossad would be in control, while the “IDF” and Shin Bet would take the lead in other instances.

    The second lesson is that the “IDF”, with the help of the intelligence systems, must carry out operations that would pressure the kidnappers. If the “IDF”, immediately after Shalit’s kidnapping, had entered Gaza and divided it up into three parts while announcing that the condition for leaving would be to free the kidnapped soldier – perhaps the negotiations with Hamas would have been easier and faster.

    Instead, the “IDF” entered the Strip and carried out a series of useless operations, which eventually did not create any effect.

    A targeted assassinations campaign would probably have resulted in a more desired outcome had it been properly planned, otherwise they wouldn’t have feared rocket barrages. These operations would not only help secure the kidnapped person’s release, it would also increase the prevention ahead of future abductions.

    In addition to this, “Israel” must specify in advance its “red lines”, which the government won’t cross unless legislated. It needs to be stressed that these red lines must be realistic and take into account the precedents set in previous deals as well as “Israeli” society’s sensitivity to the lives of its people.

    But they must be established after prolonged, meaningful public discussion, and full knowledge of the other side – any potential kidnappers and their controllers.

    The fourth lesson is that “Israel” must stand behind its statements and threats. If the prime minister said after Shalit was released that the delinquents who return to their previous activity would be abolished, he, and those who follow him in office, must apply what they say.

    If “Israel” takes decisive and practical steps to implement these lessons and proves it to the families of those who were kidnapped, the extensive media festivals that prolonged Shalit’s captivity and upped his price could be avoided in the future.

    They would also make the disgraceful capitulation festival that we witnessed, extraneous, with the help of the PM’s bureau and the “IDF” wonders.

    A capitulation deal should be accepted with restraint as one accepts a bitter outcome that is unavoidable. Only here (“Israel’s”) humiliation turns into a celebration, without considering how such a celebration is perceived on the other side and the damage it may cause.

    Source: Hebrew newspapers, Translated by

    River to Sea Uprooted Palestinian

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