The question of the hour is, is any price too high for pidyon shevuyim, redeeming captives? With rumors afoot (once again) of a deal for the return of Gilad Shalit, the IDF soldier whose kidnapping sparked the ongoing incursion into Gaza, this is now being debated in political circles.
Apparently some 800 prisoners — or, according to some reports, over 1000 — may be released from Israeli jails in return for Shalit. This number is said to include many women — but as we have seen, woment can be suicide bombers too. It also includes many in jail for decades — but one doesn’t end up in jail for decades by throwing a few rocks. Michelle Malkin reports that Israel’s Terror Victim Association considers this an extremely bad idea.
How many of those released will return to terror, putting more lives at risk? Will this embolden the terrorists for the future, or might the terrorists think twice before doing this again, given Israel’s reaction? [Hezbollah’s Nasrallah conceded that had he known Israel would respond with such ferocity, he at least would not have gone forward with his plan.]
These are the open questions…