Ehud Olmert, the prime minister of Israel, said there would be "no negotiations, no bargaining, no agreements".
He warned the kidnappers and the political leaders who ordered the operation: "Let it be clear. We will reach everyone, no matter where they are and they know it. There will not be immunity for anyone."
Unfortunately, I fear he does not mean what he says. (that Hamas Terrorists will pay a price)
The same party (in Israel, Kadima) that believes in giving terrorists LAND, in the hopes it will "placate" and ease them, and bring them into negotiations....is a twisted, losing option.
Olmert endorsed the land giveback. Olmert has put plans on the table to give a large portion of Samaria/West Bank to HAMAS.
And, he supports the 20X LARGER giveback, of the West Bank -- than he did of GAZA....(and is Southern Israel any safer?) to the SAME GROUP of terrorists..that hold Gilad Shalit.
Giving valuable land and GIFTS to terrorists....is a risky, foolish proposition - that ensures further loss.
The viewpoint of dealing with terrorists, whether it be land, money, hostages, or a "voice.." is a world view I oppose.
"That world view involves a denial of a basic, fundamental truth: When you empower terrorists, terrorists are empowered. "