Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Gilad Shalit Update

We're coming up to the three year mark of the date when Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was captured by Hamas terrorists who infiltrated into Israel to capture soldiers with the intent to use them as bargaining chips for the release of hundreds of fellow terrorists held in Israeli jails.

I've devoted a significant amount of time to chronicling the fact that Hamas has consistently called for the release of hundreds of terrorists and not budging from that fact. Well, three years later, and we're no closer to getting Hamas to release Shalit than we were on day 1.

Hamas hasn't changed its position one iota. The Olmert government failed to secure Shalit's release by third party talks via Egypt, and the Netanyahu government faces a similar situation.

If anything, Hamas has increased the number of terrorists it sought to be freed from Israeli custody at various times, before settling back at the figures bandied about today.

Israel's security is undermined every time talk arises about dealing for Shalit's release as Hamas gets terrorists back into its fold and Israel faces its mortal enemy emboldened to take more hostages. Where is the world to demand that Hamas make humanitarian gestures by releasing Shalit? There's nothing but silence.

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