Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Silence of the Likud Lambs

1. For those who believe that Bibi Netanyahu and the Likud represent
a viable alternative to the Israeli Lemminghood and could produce national
salvation, please note their complete silence over the Murderers for
Corpses deal on Israel's most disgraceful day in history. Actually, even
the Ichud Leumi (National Union) party of the Right has been silent about
this perfidy. (Moshe Arens, who is not a contender for Prime Minister, is
an exception and did denounce the cowardice and disgrace)

For the past two years, Israel has been filled with Tee shorts and
Billboards that read "Don't Let Indifference Kill Them," with photos of
the Israeli soldier captives. This week we learn that they were killed
not by indifference but by cowardly appeasement and disgraceful stupidity
and capitulation. The country that rescued the Entebbe hostages has now
rewarded those who murder Israeli captives in cold blood by releasing baby
murderers to their freedom.

2. Eldad Regev was shot in the head, murdered in cold blood by his
captors. The press here has not yet revealed how Goldwasser was murdered.

3. The people who brought you the "peace process" terminology have now
come up with a new term for cowardly capitulation: it is now called "moral
victory" and Olmert is fighting the Hizbollah on Youtube.

4. No pig skin in land fill for him:,7340,L-3569381,00.html His family
will be getting social security survivor benefits from the Israeli

5. Handing the Hizbollah its victory:
6. see also,7340,L-3569058,00.html

7. The Olmert Memorial Arch:,7340,L-3568270,00.html


[All notes below by Tom Gross]

This morning Israel has begun the process of a "prisoner swap" with the
Lebanese political and terror organization Hizbullah.

However, Israel is receiving only dead soldiers, kidnapped and murdered
by Hizbullah in an unprovoked cross border raid into Israel in 2006.
By contrast, Hizbullah is getting five live prisoners including the
notorious child killer Samir Kuntar.

While people in Israel are relieved that the families of the young
kidnapped conscripts Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser can finally bury
loved ones, there is despondency and even outrage by many about the
terms of the deal the Israeli government has agreed to.

Israel is demonstrating to terror groups that hostage-taking works --
and it works even when terrorists kill their hostages before handing
them back.

Times have changed from the days when Israeli special forces crossed
half a continent to mount a daring raid to rescue hostages at Entebbe.

Now many countries are negotiating with terrorists. For example, in
Iraq in 2005, Germany paid $5 million for the freedom of a kidnapped
worker. Italy and France have also paid ransoms in Afghanistan and
elsewhere, and it is widely rumored that the British government, on
the state-owned broadcaster the BBC, paid a considerable sum of money
Hamas to secure the release of kidnapped BBC Gaza correspondent Alan
Johnson last year, as did Fox News to secure the release of two of its
employees kidnapped in Gaza a year earlier.

Such capitulation to terrorists will only serve to encourage terrorist
groups to kidnap more innocent people.

Hizbullah and other extremists are today the heroes of many in the Arab



Kuntar, now 45, took an Israeli family hostage in the northern Israeli
coastal town of Nahariya, shot and killed Danny Haran in front of his
4-year-old daughter Einat. He then crushed her head with his rifle
until she was dead. Danny's wife managed to hide from Kuntar in the
attic with her two-year-old daughter Yael, whom she accidentally
suffocated while trying to keep the toddler quiet. Kuntar also shot
dead a
policeman who tried to rescue the little girl.

Kuntar has admitted this was a carefully planned operation. He told the
court during his trial that he and his accomplices traveled by a
rubber dinghy from Lebanon with "instructions to avoid opening fire,
to take
hostages and bring them to Lebanon." "I was commander of the cell," he

In 1985, the PLO seized the Achille Lauro cruise ship to demand
Kuntar's release. An elderly wheelchair-bound American Jew, Leon
was shot and tossed overboard, left to die in the Mediterranean with
his wheelchair.

During his time in prison Kuntar married Kifah Kayyal, an Israeli Arab
woman from Acre residing in Ramallah, who was serving a life sentence
for her terrorist activities as part of the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine - General Command (PFLP).

While in prison, Kuntar was reportedly a gang leader among inmates, and
other prisoners feared him.

Kuntar has never expressed remorse for the killings and recently vowed
to continue fighting Israel once released.

This morning, the BBC, CNN International, and France 24 networks have
all described Kuntar as "a fighter" and have not properly explained
crimes in many of their reports.



Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah welcomed his returning comrades by
saying he was "more determined than ever" to wage war on Israel.

"My oath and pledge," he wrote in a letter printed in a Palestinian
newspaper, "is that my place will be at the battlefront, which is
in the sweat of your giving, and the blood of the most beloved among
men, and that I shall continue down the path, until complete victory."

Kuntar is scheduled to be flown to Beirut in a Lebanese Army helicopter
later today, where he will be warmly received by the heads of the
Lebanese government, and festively welcomed in an enormous street
Hizbullah has arranged for him. Lebanon has officially declared a

In Israel, by contrast, the mood is one of mourning. Nothing better
illustrates the gulf between democratic Israel and some of its
in their attitude towards murderers and the sanctity of human life

9. Campus Activism:

10. The Jewish boy and the Papacy:

11. Unanswered Questions:

12. From the Wall Street Journal:
The Jerusalem Post reports on a happy event for the Palestinian Authority:

President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday sent his regards to the families of
Samir Kuntar and the other four Lebanese prisoners scheduled to be
transferred to Hizbullah.
Abbas praised the prisoner swap and congratulated the Kuntar family.
Kuntar was in an Israeli prison for an attack that took place on April 22,
1979. Two years ago we quoted a survivor, Smadar Haran Kaiser, who
described the attack:

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, a city on the northern coast of Israel, about six
miles south of the Lebanese border.
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. They had already killed a police officer.
As they charged up to the floor above ours, I opened the door to our
apartment. In the moment before the hall light went off, they turned and
saw me. As they moved on, our neighbor from the upper floor came running
down the stairs. I grabbed her and pushed her inside our apartment and
slammed the door.
Outside, we could hear the men storming about. 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, knowing
there were more people in the apartment. 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.
If smashing a 4-year-old girl's skull with a rifle butt makes Kuntar a
hero, you have to wonder what one would have to do for the Palestinians to
consider him a coward. The New York Times, meanwhile, describes Kuntar's
attack this way:

Perhaps Israel's most reviled prisoner, Samir Kuntar, will return to a
hero's welcome when he crosses into Lebanon this week, 29 years after he
left its shores in a rubber dinghy to kidnap Israelis from the coastal
town of Nahariya.
That raid went horribly wrong, leaving five people dead, a community
terrorized and a nation traumatized. Two Israeli children and their father
were among those killed.
What does the Times think would have happened if the "raid" had gone

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