|To us and some civilized societies, the released |
murderers are thugs and barbarians. But to societies of
a different kind, most of them unfortunately located
adjacent to Israel's borders, they're celebrities, heroes,
figures worthy of emulation.
"I'm not sure I was thrilled with the fact that Netanyahu greeted him back. It seemed problematic to me [that] he's being portrayed as a hero. I would beware of such definitions... Gilad went through terrible suffering and should have been brought back home, but a hero? This event does not strike me as quintessential heroism... I'm glad Shalit is back. We had no choice but to strike a deal, but not this one... I oppose the deal which was implemented. I thought it wrong to release 140 terrorists to the territories. Many of them will resume their terrorist activity. We bolstered Hamas and weakened the PA."