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As an avid supporter of the State of Israel, there are some decisions that she makes that leaves me dumbfounded. Her latest decision to agree to a prisoner exchange with Hezbollah is one of them. While I realize that I am pretty clueless what it is like to be an Israeli citizen since I have not been living with the constant threat of terrorism, I am still at a loss to understand why anyone would negotiate with terrorists.

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, the President of International Fellowship of Christians and Jews explains in his article "As Israel Mourns, Her Neighbors Celebrate" what happened.


Sadly, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser came home in coffins. Their fate had been uncertain since their capture two years ago in the kidnapping that sparked the Second Lebanon War, and Hezbollah refused to divulge their condition prior to the exchange. Shlomo Goldwasser, Ehud's father, exhibited extraordinary grace and strength when he spoke to the press after learning of his son's death: "If [Hezbollah Chief Sheikh Hassan] Nasrallah's greatest achievement is keeping us in the dark, than he can have it and as many like that as he wants. If he considered uncertainty as an achievement then I pity both him and the Lebanese people." Eyal Regev, Eldad Regev's brother, thanked his countrymen for their commitment to bringing his brother back to Israel: "With all the immense pain involved in making this prisoner exchange deal, I'm proud of this country. Israel should be proud of the decision to bring [Ehud] and Eldad back. We're paying a high price for them."

The price was indeed high. One of the prisoners returned by Israel is infamous even by terrorist standards. Samir Kuntar was a member of a group called the Palestine Liberation Front when in 1979 he took part in an attack that was so horrific it shook Israel to its very foundations.

While I personally believe that it is harder to not know than to know when something horrible happens to a loved one (and my thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these two Israeli heroes), I am still quite frightened about how many other Israelis are going to die because of this decision. And before you think I am overreacting, read the following excerpt about the history of one of the prisoners Israel released for the bodies of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser.


Smadar Haran Kaiser, wife of Danny Haran and mother of two little girls, was the sole survivor of that attack. A few years ago, Smadar told the story of that fateful day in an op-ed published in the Washington Post:

It had been a peaceful Sabbath day. My husband, Danny, and I had picnicked with our little girls, Einat, 4, and Yael, 2, on the beach not far from our home in Nahariya ... Around midnight, we were asleep in our apartment when four terrorists, sent by Abu Abbas from Lebanon, landed in a rubber boat on the beach two blocks away. Gunfire and exploding grenades awakened us as the terrorists burst into our building…

Desperately, we sought to hide. Danny helped our neighbor climb into a crawl space above our bedroom; I went in behind her with Yael in my arms. Then Danny grabbed Einat and was dashing out the front door to take refuge in an underground shelter when the terrorists came crashing into our flat. They held Danny and Einat while they searched for me and Yael…

I will never forget the joy and the hatred in their voices as they swaggered about hunting for us, firing their guns and throwing grenades. I knew that if Yael cried out, the terrorists would toss a grenade into the crawl space and we would be killed. So I kept my hand over her mouth, hoping she could breathe. As I lay there, I remembered my mother telling me how she had hidden from the Nazis during the Holocaust. "This is just like what happened to my mother," I thought.

As police began to arrive, the terrorists took Danny and Einat down to the beach. There, according to eyewitnesses, one of them shot Danny in front of Einat so that his death would be the last sight she would ever see. Then he smashed my little girl's skull in against a rock with his rifle butt. That terrorist was Samir Kuntar. By the time we were rescued from the crawl space, hours later, Yael, too, was dead. In trying to save all our lives, I had smothered her.

These are the stories that our terrorism-excusing media needs to be telling the public if indeed they want to fulfill their duty to keep the people informed. Yet, why is it that this is the first time I've read about this? Sure it was once reported in the Washington Post, but why has not this story been on the airwaves in conjunction with the reports of the prisoner exchange? I thought the public had 'a right to know'?

The failure of our media to include the 'rest of the story' is, in my opinion, one of the main reasons why so many Americans have forgotten the extent of the danger and yes evil that we are facing. Instead our beloved media is more concerned with the rights of these vile terrorists and Israel's enemies. Speaking of which, below is another part of the story that will never see the light of day in the mainstream media.


Among Israel’s neighbors, however, a different mood prevails. In Lebanon, the returned prisoners, including Kuntar, were given a hero’s welcome. Government offices, shops, banks, and schools were closed in honor of the occasion. Celebratory banners and flags lined the streets of Lebanon’s coastal highway. Palestinians, too, were pleased. Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Barghouthi called the release of the prisoners “a triumph for Lebanese and Palestinian steadfastness and continued resistance.” Hamas head Ismail Haniyeh telephoned Samir Kuntar’s mother to congratulate her on her son’s release, while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas -- the head of the supposedly more “moderate” of the two Palestinian factions sent -- his good wishes as well. In Gaza, there were spontaneous street celebrations.

Now tell me again about the moral equivalency between Israel and her neighbors.

Elusively yours,

5 Comments On This Entry

Thank you ilja. I wish I hadn't read your blog, but I am grateful I did.

Sometimes, because we don't know a truth, we think it never happened.

Again, thank you for bringing this to my attention.

Mollywalk, on Jul 20 2008, 03:54 PM, said:

Thank you ilja. I wish I hadn't read your blog, but I am grateful I did.

Sometimes, because we don't know a truth, we think it never happened.

Again, thank you for bringing this to my attention.

You're more than welcome, Mollywalk. There are times when I wish I could put the Jeannie back in the bottle as well. One of these days, I'm going to do a Blog on it.
I won't get the story of Danny's family out of my head. All I can think now is,"Jesus." No, that won't make the mainstream.

Dublin5, on Jul 20 2008, 09:43 PM, said:

I won't get the story of Danny's family out of my head. All I can think now is,"Jesus." No, that won't make the mainstream.

I know. It tore me up when I first read it, as well. What I didn't realize until just now is that he has the same name as my son. :)

ilja, on Jul 21 2008, 12:05 AM, said:

Dublin5, on Jul 20 2008, 09:43 PM, said:

I won't get the story of Danny's family out of my head. All I can think now is,"Jesus." No, that won't make the mainstream.

I know. It tore me up when I first read it, as well. What I didn't realize until just now is that he has the same name as my son. :)

I'm sorry. That must be tough on you.
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