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Bending Over Backwards for the Enemy

Why don’t we just raise the white flag and be done with it?

Israel has granted amnesty to some 30 wanted members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Fatah’s military wing, Palestinian security officials told Ynet on Sunday.

The Israeli defense establishment has yet to confirm the report.

The Palestinians reported that Israel has removed about 30 al-Aqsa members from its list of wanted men, including senior organization members, and has extended the probation period of 220 additional wanted men by three months.

About half a year ago, Ynet revealed that Israel and the Palestinian Authority had reached an agreement, according to which wanted al-Aqsa members would begin a three-month probation period, and those not involved in terrorist activities during this period would be granted amnesty.

Leading a normal life

The three-month probation period ended in October, and following an extension which ended in January, the Israelis and Palestinians held a discussion on the issue.

Following about two weeks of deliberations, Israel declared that it would remove about 30 wanted men from its list.

The Palestinians removed from the list can now move freely in the West Bank and lead a normal life in Nablus, Ramallah, Tulkarm and other towns and cities.

And if that hasn’t helped your blood reach boiling levels, this will:

The bodies of two suicide bombers who blew up the commercial center in the Negev city of Dimona a week ago will be given back to the Hamas terrorist organization, reported Voice of Israel government radio Sunday afternoon.

Islamic law mandates that a body must be buried within 24 hours of death, or as soon as possible. Retaining the bodies of terrorists is one way to exert pressure on a terror gang. The strategy is similar to that practiced by terrorists against Jews, who observe the same tradition of burying a body within 24 hours. The Hizbullah terrorist organization in Lebanon has withheld bodies of murdered Israeli captives for years as bargaining chips in exchange for the release of hundreds of prisoners.

Which brings to mind the famous Talmud passage (Kohelet Raba, 7:16):

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Those who are kind to the cruel, in the end will be cruel to the kind (colloquial meaning)

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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