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Prisoner Exchange vs Negotiating with Terrorists

Predictably some elements of the Obama Opposition (because that is really the best description of them at this point) are up in arms at the exchange of Sgt. Bergdahl for Gitmo Detainees on the grounds that “We don’t negotiate with terrorists”. Well you know who DOES negotiate DIRECTLY with groups that actively commit periodic violent assaults/terroristic attacks on their population and troops in order to facilitate release of the occassional prisoner?

The Israelis. From Wiki: List of Israeli Prisoner Exchanges .

The latest three listed:

On June 1, 2008, Israel released the Lebanese prisoner Nissim Nasser, in exchange for which Hezbollah handed over the partial remains of up to 20 Israeli soldiers killed during the 2006 Lebanon War.

In July 2008 Israel released long time serving Lebanese prisoner Samir al-Quntar, four Hezbollah fighters captured in the 2006 Lebanon war and the bodies of 199 Palestinian, Lebanese of Arab fighters captured by Israel in the past three decades. Kuntar had been convicted for his role in the 1979 Nahariya attack, which resulted in the deaths of four Israelis, including two small children. According to eyewitness accounts, Kuntar bludgeoned a four-year-old girl to death. In exchange Hezbollah released the bodies of two Israeli soldiers (Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev) captured in a cross-border raid July 12, 2006.

On 18 October 2011 captured IDF tank gunner Gilad Shalit, captured by the Palestinian militant organization Hamas in 2006, was released in exchange for 1027 Palestinian prisoners held in Israel. The released prisoners were responsible for the deaths of 569 Israeli civilians.

So unless our Neo-Con pro-Likunik ‘friends’ want to concede that Israel is complicit with terrorists because they refused to leave Shalit behind, and even released live “terrorists” in return for “partial remains of up to 20” or “bodies of two Israeli soldiers”, they can either shut up or admit that they believe the lifes of Israeli soldiers are more important than those of American soldiers.

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