Breakthrough for Gilad Shalit's release outcome of US deal with Hamas
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reported to the hastily convened full government session Monday night, Oct. 11 that the deal with Hamas for bringing Gilad Shalit home within days was initialed Thursday and signed Monday, Oct. 11.
It was the best possible, he said although the agreed price for the swap is heavy:
one thousand jailed Palestinian terrorists, including 60 convicted on multiple murders, who will be exiled to the Gaza Strip and Arab countries.
That is a stunning development. 1000/1 ratio. Wow.
DEBKAfile discloses that secret clauses of the transaction for recovering the Israel soldier, whom Hamas kept hidden for five years, were finalized between the United States, Egypt, Israel and Hamas during US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's visits to Israel and Egypt on Sept. 3-4.
During the cabinet meeting, three ministers, Silvan Shalom, Moshe Yaalon and Avigdor Lieberman, voiced reservations in view of the high risk of setting so many terrorists loose.
Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped in a cross-border raid from Gaza five years ago, and held without any visitors including the Red Cross every since, will first be transferred from Gaza to Cairo to await Israel's release of the first batch of 450 Palestinian prisoners.
The remaining 550 prisoners will be freed after the soldier arrives home. This is the heaviest price Israel has ever paid for any soldiers in Arab captivity.
There is actually more to this story:
As to the backdoor diplomacy leading to Gilad Shalit's release, DEBKAfile further discloses that recognizing the rising electoral strength of the Muslim Brotherhood and its Salafi allies in Egypt's forthcoming parliamentary elections next month, the Obama administration entered into active dialogue with its leaders to draw them away from Tehran and bring them close to the ruling military junta and Washington.
Shortly before Panetta arrived in the Middle East, a US diplomat revealed that US officials had arrived in Cairo on Oct. 2 for talks with Brotherhood representatives.
This was the first clue that the White House was after a deal not only with the Brotherhood but also its Palestinian offshoot Hamas, part of which was to be the release of the Israeli soldier.
Netanyahu referred to the heavy price Israel was paying in terms of security by letting a thousand terrorists walk free - scores much Israeli blood on their hands. But he also paid a heavy political price: Israel's acceptance of the United States' rapprochement with the Egyptian Muslim brothers - henceforth dubbed in Obama administration parlance a "moderate Muslim force."
By procuring the release of 1,000 Palestinians from Israeli jails, Hamas has outperformed is rival, the Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas as the lead champion of the Palestinian cause.
Rogue's Gallery: Some 'Prisoners' That May be Freed for Shalit
Hamas has made no secret of the fact that it was demanding that Israel free a host of arch-terrorists that were involved in multiple terrorist attacks and serving life sentences with no possibility of parole.
A Hamas source said that the full list of terrorists to be released will be released later Tuesday night. Among them will be Arab-Israelis, and Arabs in Jerusalem, who are in prison for planning and participating in terror attacks. Until now, Israel has been opposed to including those terrorists in the deal.
Among the terrorists to be released are some serving multiple life sentences – unnamed sources are suggesting that one of them is Marwan Barghouti, who was sentenced in 2004 to five life sentences for planning and carrying out the murder of five Israelis, and involvement in the murders of another 33.
The rest of the article describes some of the other terrorists who will be released.
The following statement says it all:
MKs of the Land of Israel Lobby also expressed their opposition to the deal, saying that “we can already see before us the future victims of these terrorists.”
While there should be joy at the release of Gilad Shalit, the price being paid is enormous. This scenario also strengthens Hamas considerably in the region - neither of which will be good for Israel.
Scott just had the thought that maybe Israel wants Gilad back before they attack?
Hmm. Interesting - I hadnt considered that.
1 dedicated IDF soldier to 1K Hamas clowns...I've seen that ratio somewhere before...the Bible maybe???
WV, yer right! Bibi just needed that 1 more to tip it all in their favor!
Exactly WV :) I had said the same thing in a previous post- Green light to Israel?
What do we have here?
We have the Iranian/U.S. citizen assassin captured when? two weeks ago.
Then we have Bibi suddenly striking a deal with Hamas a week ago. After years of staunchly refusing to exchange terrorist prisoners for Gilad Shalit, now he just agrees? Not only Bibi, but the original headline on JP said that the IDF, and Mossad were also on board with this deal. As Bibi served in an elite commando unit. He knows very well the decree “Leave no man behind”. Sometimes this does not happen, but every effort, sometimes at great risk, is made to bring every soldier home.
If your about to go to war, you would want to clean up any loose ends if possible, such as a soldier being held by enemy combatants. Especially a soldier that is so high profile.
A thousand terrorists prisons released matters not, when you have your soldier home safely, and your about to possibly kill all the terrorists you just let loose.
Israel could very well now have the green light from DC and the Saudi's to go after Iran. Obummer will be under pressure to explain the open boarders to Mexico, that has allowed terrorists into the U.S., including Iranian terrorists. Being the coward that he is, and so every so consumed with himself only, he could easily now give the ok to Israel to take the risk of attacking Iran. As Israel knows full well that Hamas, Hezbollah are just extensions of Iran, they fully expect to be attacked on multiple fronts should they attack Iran.
Retrieving their soldier, was a possible preparation for this act against Iran...
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