It may very well be the best chance the Israelis have to secure the freedom of a large batch of their civilians.
Ultimately all Hamas in Gaza must be killed or caged, obviously. Any deal which precludes the destruction of Hamas in Gaza will eventually result in more slaughter of Innocents by Hamas, both those targeted and those used by Hamas as human shields.
Rock and a hard place. Get the women and children out and destroy Hamas. Hamas/ ISIS/ Muslim Brotherhood must be crushed. Political “reality” is what created this problem in the first place. Hamas is a criminal terrorist gang with no mercy. They deserve no mercy in return. As far as the fundamentalist Arab world, commies, useful idiots of the Left and hardcore antisemites on the right, who cares? They are not persuadable and would like nothing better than to see Jews suffer. Honestly the production of a ceasefire won’t convey any military advantage to Hamas. It’s all propaganda from their side. If they had the capacity to beat Israel, they would have done it. This is psychological.
All that matters is strength in the face of adversity and crushing these medieval cretins.
Israel can’t negotiate away its advantage or its sovereignty.Then execute the billionaire Hamas creeps who hide in Qatar. Cowards.
“There are numerous narratives surrounding the situation with Hamas, making it an extremely complex issue. It is similar to the situation of 9/11 in its complexity, and unless you have the time to thoroughly research and understand the different perspectives, it’s best to avoid getting involved.”
Quote from my article:
So many questions to be asked:
1) who created Hamas?
2) where these attacks allowed under propaganda as major wars in the past have occurred?
Unless we deep dive into all propaganda and conspiratorial aspects, we may not have the best full image of what’s going on
There is pressure among Israelis on the Govt to bring hostages home. I've read Israel has to provide fuel too as part of the deal. Biden also putting pressure on Israel. Congress isn't passing any aid bills for Israel while freeing up access to money for Iran. Israel in a tough spot. I don't like releasing prisoners because now hostage taking is a win win. Still to me, thanks to America's pressure, Israel is in a tough spot.... don't feel too optimistic. No trust in Biden or Hamas when it comes to Israel. Anyone who thinks a 2 state solution is possible when Gaza was essentially Jew free and a de facto 2 state solution, is living in fantasy land. Future looks bleak. Present bleaker.
Praise G-d these young people are home or soon will be home! I hate how much the young suffer!
They should never negotiate with Islamo-Fascists. All it does is free up more murderers who commit more murder and mayhem. Some years ago, the Israelis traded 1500 Hamas soldiers for 1 Israeli soldier. The Hamas terrorists went on to kill dozens of Israelis. Now, they will get a pause in the combat to re-group, arm, and provision, so they can continue the fight and kill more Israelis, probably more than were freed.
During the War Between the States, Grant refused to exchange POW's, as he knew that he'd just have to fight them again. That meant thousands of Union soldiers suffered and died in the prison camps, but saved many more Union lives because Lee needed those soldiers desperately but without them Grant's policy shortened the war.
Nonsense. Solves nothing for either side! Israel is a rogue entity snd Hamas is a known terror org.
I want to be on record opposing this awful deal. I live in Israel and am currently in the reserves. This deal is weakness. They claim these prisoners are non violent. So I guess they are jailed for shoplifting? The fact is there is a reason the families of those slaughtered on 7/10 oppose the deal. And when Israel makes an even worse deal in exchange for the men, when it doesn't fight until the end, this will be seen as the moment when it started. As your friend Daniel Horowitz always says: the issues that matter, in the way they matter, at the time they matter. Everyone will want to have gone on record opposing this deal in the future, as we all recognize the terrible outcome of the Shalit deal. Who has the courage to oppose it now? Very few. Moshe Feiglin, Itamar Ben Gvir, and Limor Son Har Melech are among the few. All great champions of Israel. And who supports the deal? Bibi and the rest of the security establishment who destroyed our homes and expelled us from out land in Gaza. I know which side I'm on.
Any sort of pause will give Hamas a chance to re-group, re-arm, and re-provision. It is a mistake. It will ultimately cost more Israeli lives than it will save. Have we learned nothing in the last 50 years?
Another demand agreed to is that Israel cease all air surveillance. This while our IDF soldiers are IN Gaza. It's worth remembering that in a previous cease fire Gazan Arabs killed and kidnapped two IDF soldiers, and still haven't given up their bodies. Further, Israel has acceded to hundreds of trucks of fuel. So, Hamas will rearm, improve positions, set traps, keep firing rockets, shoot at IDF soldiers, and have the triumph of releasing hundreds of terrorists = victors to the Arab world. The price will go up substantially for releasing any further hostages. This is a big mistake. The question in Israel is how much blood will we end up paying for it.
Israeli government is a satanic entity that sacrificed its own people !
Everything else you discuss here is utter Bullshit as you fail to address REALITY
As much as we all want the hostages to return home this is a huge mistake. It will give hamas time and means to regroup and lead to more hostages being taken and the soldiers will pay the price. I honestly thought the Israeli government had learned a thing or two about negotiating with terrorists after October 7th, but apparently not. The only language they understand is military power and no negotiations until surrender and release of ALL hostages. And certainly not release of any prisoners. Bibi has been cornered by the US government. How many more deals to Israel’s disadvantage are necessary for them to finally learn to not let themselves be blackmailed again?
For as terrible as Hamas is, can you confirm the journalism I've seen that it was funded and created by Israel to avoid having a legitimate political organization for Palestine? I believe Israeli officials have said as much in the past. If so, seems like they're sleeping in the bed they made, unfortunately for their citizens. Maybe Israel should work on bringing back the old Palestinian political organizations that they scuttled, and then they could have peaceful talks.
Israel’s Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, one of the most extremist members of the most extremist Israeli government coalition to date, offered an unusually frank assessment of the government’s approach to Hamas in a 2015 interview.
“The Palestinian Authority is a burden, and Hamas is an asset,” Smotrich said at the time. “It’s a terrorist organization, no one will recognize it, no one will give it status at the [International Criminal Court], no one will let it put forth a resolution at the U.N. Security Council.”
Jordan, I follow your writing closely and am so disappointed in this one. It is not an “ideal world” that Israel is seeking, not now, not ever. It is JUSTICE and their very right to exist they seek now. After 46 days of showing Hamas who is stronger and who will win this war in the end, they are in a strong position to get a number of women and children out in exchange for so many more Palestinian prisoners. This is not a numbers game as you have implied but a sincere effort to rescue its citizens from tyranny and reunite them with their families. Israel and the world need that right now to reinvest in the fight against pure evil. Their response to Oct 7 suggests a new Israel, one that is no longer willing to play the same old games the world has demanded of them forcing them to negotiate with terrorists. To what end? Are they safer? Is the world any safer? Quite the contrary. Fighting to push back this horrendous evil among us, the likes of which the world has not seen since The Holocaust, is the noblest cause that the world MUST stand behind and support. With Gods help Israel will accomplish their ultimate goals on behalf of the entire world. I get the small pauses in order to bring as many of the hostages out as possible. So many loses and sacrifices are horrible and this war is escalating but how can we ever keep evil from taking us all over if the pathetic people in power in the west continue to ask Israel to negotiate with terrorists? They will lose some battles but we will win this war!! Can’t wait to see what phase 2 will look like. We agree on this: there is no perfect world.
I understand. However, as painful as it is, perhaps the ultimate sacrifice is needed from the Israeli hostages. Them, along with tens of thousands of the people residing in “Palestine” may need to heed the call to the afterlife for the long-term survival of the Jewish homeland. Bibi gives the order to turn “Palestine” to a parking lot, and then retires to Southern California. Long live Israel.
Shalom to us all!
Open your mind and watch this video:
I don't accept that the IDF needed more than 5 hours - some reports mentioned 8 - to respond to the initial shots. Listen to the video.