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June 30, 2006

Palestinian Terrorists Demand Release Of 1,000 Prisoners For Cpl. Gilad Shalit

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

... Without even agreeing to release Cpl. Gilad Shalit! Like al-Qaeda has done time and time again in Iraq, Hamas is making demands it knows will be rejected.

The kidnappers of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit issued a new set of demands in the early hours of Saturday morning, calling on Israel to halt its offensive in Gaza and ordering the release of 1,000 prisoners. Nowhere do the demands explicitly say that Shalit would be returned in exchange for the requested actions.
If you're thinking that the tone and violence of the Palestinian terrorists has been increasing (long before Israel entered Gaza this week) and that Hamas is sounding and acting more like al-qaeda - your right. However, don't overlook the quarterbacking and support by deadly duo of Iran and Syria, the two largest state sponsors of terrorism.

As Steve Schippert at Threats Watch suggests, to understand who's calling the shots, one must first look to Damascus and Khalid Meshaal, Hamas' 'political' leader who keeps Hamas headquarters operations in Damascus - along with Iran's foreign policy arm, Hizballah - under the protective arm of Syria.

But Meshaal does not and indeed cannot operate independently, especially when the effects include massive Israeli military response. Meshaal hears two birds chirping loudly in his ear, one chirping in the Arabic of his host and the other chirping in the Persian of the global terror masters.
In other words, Syria and Iran have their bloody paw prints all over this crisis.

Israel has mistakenly put itself into a position of going to war or doing nothing. Doing nothing about a violent Palestinian government determined to destroy Israel is not an option. As Michael Fund says at NRO, "At this point, the best thing Israel can do is to stay put in Gaza, flushing out the terrorists while creating and patrolling permanent security zones adjoining the frontier, such as the Philadelphia Corridor along the Gaza-Egypt border."

So what should Israel do about Syria and Iran?

And what about Cpl. Shalit? Remember, no Israeli captured by the terrorists has ever survived!

Related: NRO Symposium, "On the Strip - Where to go from Gaza?"

As Gaza flares up with tension, violence, and rumors of worse, National Review Online gathered a group of Mideast experts asking them: Can anything be done to prevent more violence? Is there anything constructive to be done -- and by whom?
Other suggested reading:
Persian Whispers of Escalation in Meshaal's Ears
Islam Will Conquer the West and the World, Says Hamas (Video at link)

Posted by Richard at June 30, 2006 10:54 PM

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