Today, in the LA Times, Alan Kaufman penned a fantastic piece called, "Hamas Can't Let Israel Go."
A highlight from the piece....
"There is something psychologically profound about Hamas abducting to Gaza and holding hostage an Israeli soldier, 19-year-old Cpl. Gilad Shalit. You would think that the very last thing the Palestinians would want to import to Gaza is precisely the emblem of their former occupation: a soldier.
And yet, on a psychological plane, this seemingly senseless political act may be symbolically important. Perhaps without the soldier in their midst, the Palestinians in and of themselves feel no existential purpose. Perhaps they have no way to establish their own sense of destiny without the perpetual agony of conflict with Israel….
Each rocket, each murder, is a painful tap on Israel's shoulder from a frustrated former marriage partner who cannot let go and is threatening homicide….
Unfortunately, Israel cannot take out a restraining order against Hamas….
It has become abundantly clear since the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, and the advent of the Hamas government, that not even disengagement is enough.
Hamas, like a jilted homicidal lover, will not rest until Israel is destroyed"
Well written and I agree with his opinion.
Islam is at war with the rest of the world....and GROUND ZERO seems to be Israel...and land relinquished in a "Land for Peace" deal.
There is simply no such thing as "land for peace" it is a formula that has proven not to be a solution, but more of a problem.
Simply put, one side gives up land --- and the other side gives war. (and uses the land which was given back in hopes for peace --- to launch the war, and use the land to get closer to launch weapons..)
To me it has more to do with how Muslims treat other religions, than it does with much else.
Israel did not choose it's neighbors. However, it can choose it's partners to deal with.
And, right now the only way to deal with these ISLAMIC MURDERERS AND TERRORISTS IS TO KILL THEM.
I pray that Gilad Shalit is safe. But, if Islam's treatment of hostages from the past are any indication (Daniel Pearl, Nachson Waxman) --- then, Gilad I fear is being treated very poorly.
Israel, please do not let up, continue the offensive and crush, and most of all BRING SHAME to HAMAS....
Do not listen to the shrill cries of the United Nations hypocrites.