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October 12th, 2011
09:23 AM ET

Shalit swap based on 'ultimate value of human life,' rabbis say

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

(CNN)–
Israel's government approved an extraordinary deal Tuesday night - agreeing to release more than 1,000 Palestinians from prison, including hundreds serving life sentences for attacks on Israelis, in exchange for a single slender young Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit.

But the exchange of 1,027 inmates for a single captive does make sense in a Jewish context, Rabbi Arik Ascherman explained Wednesday.

"Judaism places ultimate value on human life. Therefore in the Jewish tradition, in Jewish law, redeeming captives trumps just about everything else," said Ascherman, of Rabbis for Human Rights. "It takes priority over anything else you can possibly do."

Jews around the world greeted the news that Shalit would be released after spending more than a fifth of his life in captivity with overwhelming joy, said William Daroff of the Jewish Federations of North America.

"We have prayed for his release. We have met with his parents, we have sat with his family in their tent outside the prime minister's residence, we have marched for Gilad's release," he said.

"When I announced the news of Gilad's forthcoming release at a reception with Jewish leaders on Capitol Hill this afternoon, it was met by tears, applause, and a spontaneous prayer of thanks," he told CNN late Tuesday.

"Jews across the world have been pining for Gilad Shalit's release for over five years," he added.

Many have left an empty chair in honor of him at their seders, the family meal marking the beginning of Passover, Daroff said.

"We are indeed thankful that Gilad Shalit will soon return to his family and to the Jewish people. It is long overdue," he said.

But the exchange is not without controversy, said Ascherman.

"There has been a very, very difficult debate about this and similar cases over the years," he said.

There is a question in Jewish law about whether it's moral to free a captive in a deal that could potentially endanger other lives - as many Israelis fear will happen when Palestinians who have killed Israelis are released.

Ascherman sees the benefit of the deal.

"On the one hand, we have somebody who - if he isn't redeemed - faces death or danger or captivity, versus a theoretical possibility that someone could be harmed if these people go back to terror," he said.

"I would say it is possible to redeem the prisoner you definitely know," he argued. "But it's certainly a terrible dilemma and Israelis are coming down on both sides."

The spiritual leader of Hezbollah praised Israel for its dedication to repatriating its citizens, dead or alive, during a previous exchange, in 2004.

"We have a fierce enemy in Israel, but I stand here in respect for the enemy that is concerned about his captives and bodies of his soldiers and works diligently day and night addressing those concerns," Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said as Israel handed over hundreds of prisoners for a kidnapped businessman and three bodies.

"We should acknowledge positives in our enemy when it exists. Whatever their motive is, the fact that they are concerned about their captives, their dead or the bodies of their dead is something to be respected," the Hezbollah leader said.

Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblum is not certain the swap for Shalit is wise.

He too cites Jewish law, or halacha, and says the literature is so vast that there's no clear answer.

"Unfortunately there is an abundance of halachic literature about the redemption of captives," he said.

He cited the example of the 13th-century German Rabbi Meir ben Baruch, known as the Maharam of Rothenburg, who refused to allow the Jewish community to pay a ransom for him when he was held by the Emperor Rudolph.

"He feared that his ransom would encourage any cash-strapped person to grab a hostage. You can't create an incentive for kidnapping," the rabbi said.

"He did not allow the community to redeem him. He died in jail," said Rosenberg, an ultra-Orthodox rabbi and writer. "The idea is that you shouldn't encourage further kidnappings."

The precedent still applies, he argued.

"You see in any Latin American country in which captives are ransomed, it becomes a major criminal activity," he said.

But he, too, circled back to the value Judiasm places on human life.

"However one arrives at the balance in this case, the redemption of captives is a tremendous value," he said.

He said one of Israel's most important rabbis, Shas party spiritual mentor Ovadiah Yosef, had backed the Shalit exchange, and that government ministers must have discussed it with him before it was announced.

"The Shas party would not have voted for it otherwise," he said.

"A friend of mine in the gym the other day asked me why so many government ministers have been going to see Rabbi Yosef," he said. "This has obviously been in the works for some time."

CNN's Paul Colsey and Michael Schwartz contributed to this report.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Ethics • Israel • Judaism

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  1. Muneef

    Another one;

    All those who have spread these words of wisdom thought that THE BEST WAY TO FACE THE MISERIES IN LIFE IS TO LAUGH AT THEM.......

    THEY PAID THE PRICE TOO.....

    David Bissonette
    When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.

    Sacha Guitry.
    After marriage, husband and wife become two sides of a coin; they just can't face each other, but still they stay together.

    Socrates
    By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.

    Anonymous
    Woman inspires us to great things, and prevents us from achieving them.

    Dumas
    The great question... which I have not been able to answer... is, "What does a woman want?

    Sigmund Freud
    I had some words with my wife, and she had some paragraphs with me.

    Anonymous
    "Some people ask the secret of our long marriage.. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays."

    Sam Kinison
    "There's a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking. It's called marriage."

    James Holt McGavran
    "I've had bad luck with both my wives. The first one left me, and the second one didn't."

    Patrick Murray
    Two secrets to keep your marriage brimming
    1. Whenever you're wrong, admit it,
    2. Whenever you're right, shut up.

    Nash
    The most effective way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once...

    Anonymous
    You know what I did before I married? Anything I wanted to.

    Henny Youngman
    My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.

    Rodney Dangerfield
    A good wife always forgives her husband when she's wrong.

    Anonymous
    A man inserted an 'ad' in the classifieds: "Wife wanted".. Next day he received a hundred letters. They all said the same thing: "You can have mine."

    Anonymous
    First Guy (proudly): "My wife's an angel!"
    Second Guy: "You're lucky, mine's still alive."

    SEND THIS TO ALL THE GUYS TO GIVE THEM A GOOD LAUGH......
    AND TO THOSE LADIES WITH A SENSE OF HUMOUR WHO CAN HANDLE IT !!!!!!!

    October 13, 2011 at 2:11 am |
    • Aunt Peg

      Okay Muneef, after all those many misogynist jokes, let's hear you tell us how Islam is NOT sexist.

      October 13, 2011 at 2:26 am |
    • Muneef

      Aunt Peg.

      Sorry if the jokes were improper after all we can not live with out females they are our other side of the coin,they were and still are every thing to us they are the whole family...but just we say the joke is just a joke and not teachings...
      Islam can be $exist to those seeking knowledge and spiritual relation with GOD....True Islam is not part of those seeking to waste innocent bloods... True Islam is to serve humanity by being creative and productive and not by being destructive...!!
      For every photo there is a negative one...guess you will find such as those in every faith,belief,sector,creed...as seems good and evil goes on as does days and nights...it depends on which shift you want to be with or drawn to...!!!

      October 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • Aunt Peg

      Well Muneef, since you think "the joke is just a joke and not teachings", then you won't mind these jokes at all:

      Q. What do you call a Muslim who owns a camel and a goat?
      A. Bisexual.

      Q. How do Muslims practice safe sex?
      A. They mark the camels that kick.

      Q. What do Tehran and Hiroshima have in common?
      A. Nothing, yet.

      Q. What do you call a Muslim who owns 6 goats?
      A. A pimp.

      Q. whats the difference between a truck full of dead Muslim babies and a truck full of bowling balls?
      A. The bowling balls are hard to pick up with a pitchfork.

      Q: How do you tell a Sunni from a Shiite?
      A: The Sunnis are the ones with the Shiite blown out of them.

      Q: How can you tell if a Muslim girl is old enough to marry?
      A: Make her stand in a barrel. If her chin is over the top, she's old enough. If it isn't, cut the barrel down until her chin is over the top.

      Q. What's the difference between a Muslim and a vampire?
      A. At some point the vampire will stop being bloodthirsty.

      A Muslim walks into his local mosque with a big grin on his face.
      "What are you so happy about, Abdul?" Asks the Imam.
      "Well, I'll tell you," replies Abdul. "I live by the railroad tracks and on my way home last night, I noticed a young woman tied to the rails, like in the American movies. I cut her free and took her back to my humble abode. Allah be praised – we made love all night, all around the tent. We did everything, me on top, sometimes her on top, every position permitted by Mohammed, Peace Be Upon Him!"
      "By the most Merciful," exclaimed the Imam, "you have been blessed. Was she as beautiful as a desert flower?"
      Abdul grimaced, "By the Jinn, I do not know – I never found her head."

      Q. What's the difference between ET and Muslims?
      A. ET got the point and went home.

      Q. Why are there only 2 pallbearers at a Muslim funeral?
      A. There's only 2 handles on a garbage can.

      Q. What do you say to a Pakistani at Christmas?
      A. A quart of milk, a loaf of bread and a pack of Marlboros please.

      Q. What do you call a bus with 2 Somalis falling off a cliff?
      A. A waste, you could have fit at least 50 in the bus!

      Q. When's the only time you should wink at a Muslim?
      A. When aiming.

      Reports say the stench from the thousands of bodies in Pakistan is unbearable. Police report that it's likely to get worse now that there are dead ones.

      Q. What can Saudi Arabia do to raise the average IQ in the country?
      A. Allow Jews to come in.

      October 13, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • Muneef

      Hmm.

      Not funny...and we do not have or use similar jokes about any religion or race...which proves how much you have in heart stored..any way I hope you don't have a dog or a b-itch at home might you have funny thoughts and try some thing...!

      October 14, 2011 at 6:32 am |
    • Aunt Peg

      So your bigoted jokes were okay but the bigoted jokes I found on the internet and posted were not? You are a hypocrite and a bigot.

      October 14, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • Muneef

      Aunt Peg.

      Thanks all the same.
      With due respect there are no similarities between my posting and yours...! Mine was some jokes related to males saying about females as married couples in general while keeping words as polite as possible...While your jokes were intended to hurt a certain religious creed and by the use of a vulgar language that has brought man to be down to animal...
      No one would enjoy that unless is of same mentality...!! Do not expect a female who respects her self would post such things.. Sorry but "You fell down from my eyes"...am a human derived from Adam and Eve respecting all that came by the Prophets and Messangers of GOD...!!! While you seem to still think of your self as an Ape that was created by coincidence...so you see you are not my type nor I can respect...!

      October 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  2. Muneef

    Subject:Wife.....Have A Good Laugh

    Every Wife is a "Mistress" for her Husband.
    "Miss" for one hour & "Stress" for the rest 23 hours!
     
    The are 2 times when a Man doesn't understand a Woman. 
    Before Marriage and After Marriage.
     
    My Husband And I Divorced Over Religious Differences.
    He Thought He Was God, and I Didn't. 
     
    Marriage Is Like A Public Toilet.
    Those Waiting Outside Are Desperate To Get In & Those Inside Are Desperate To Come Out.
     
    Why Were Hurricanes Usually Named After Women?
    Because When They Arrive, They're wet and wild,
    But When They Go, They Take Your House And Car....
     
    A Man Goes To The Wizard To Ask If He Can Remove A Curse He Has Been Living With For The Last 40 Years.
    The Wizard Says, "Maybe, But You Will Have To Tell Me The Exact Words That Were Used To Put The Curse On You.
    "The Man Says Without Hesitation, "I Now Pronounce You Man And Wife."
     
    Husband Searching Keywords on Google`How to Tackle Wife? Google Search Result, "Still Searching`.
     
    A Man Goes To A Shrink And Says,"Doctor, My Wife Is Unfaithful To Me. Every Evening, She Goes To Larry's Bar And Picks Up Men. In Fact, She Sleeps With Anybody Who Asks Her! I'm Going Crazy. What Do You Think I Should Do?" "Relax," Says The Doctor, "Take A Deep Breath And Calm Down. Now, Tell Me, Exactly Where Is Larry's Bar?"
     
    Husband Throwing Darts at His Wife's Photoand Not Even a Single One Hitting the Target... From Another Room Wife Called The Husband: Honey What Are You Doing...Husband: "MISSING YOU"...
     
    A Man Goes To See The Rabbi."Rabbi, Something Terrible Is Happening And I Have To Talk To You About It."
    The Rabbi Asked, "What's Wrong?"
    The Man Replied, "My Wife Is Poisoning Me.."
    The Rabbi, Very Surprised By This, Asks, "How Can That Be?"
    The man then pleads, "I'm telling you, I'm certain she's poisoning me, what I should do?"
    The Rabbi Then Offers, "Tell You What. Let Me Talk to Her, I'll See What I Can Find out and I'll Let You Know."
    The Rabbi Calls after a while And Says, "Well, I Spoke To Her For Three Hours. You Want My Advice?"
    The Man Said "Yes"
    The Rabbi Replied, "Take the poison"
    THOUGHT FOR THE DAY...
    Women are like phones:
    They like to be held,
    talked to and
    touched often.
    But push the wrong button
    and you're disconnected......
    Difference Between Complete & Finish...
    People say there is no difference between COMPLETE & FINISH. But there is... When you marry the right one, you are COMPLETE.... And when you marry the wrong one, you are FINISHED..... And when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are ... COMPLETELY FINISHED!
    Romantic SMS Romantic...SMS She sends the following message:
    My love if you're sleeping, send me your dreams
    If you're smiling, send me your smile
    If you're crying, send me your tears
    I love you
    He Replied: I'm in the toilet. What do I send?

    October 13, 2011 at 1:51 am |
  3. THE Central Scrutinzer

    Look at these choices for president folks:

    Michele Bachmann: (The 10 Craziest Michele Bachmann Quotes: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/the-10-craziest-michele-bachmann-quotes) She is crazier the Palin and that is an impressive accomplishment! Christian Creep.

    Herman Cain: In October 2011, Herman Cain described the Occupy Wall Street movement as "un-American". He further stated, "I don’t have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration. Yeah, why bother with facts.

    Newt Gingrich: His own party has turned him into a political outcast.

    Ron Paul: Ron Paul doesn’t know if he is Libertarian or a librarian, but at least he speaks his mind. Which is exactly why he is un-electable.

    Rick Perry: Regards evolution as a theory. I could go on but nuff said. Please oh please now more Dubya’s!!

    Mitt Romney: Cultist (they all are) but he lies about his faith. I once said, "Well, we’re going to have to hang the ‘Obama Misery Index’ around his neck." Nice.

    The others will withdraw so I won't bother with them. The biggest problem is, they ALL just come off STUPID (because they are).

    Sure Obama is learning on the job, but I believe he is the real deal If the republicans would stop blocking him at every turn and be part of the solution rather than the problem, This could be a very successful 2 term presidency. And he is presiding over one of the toughest eras in our country’s young history.

    Additionally, no matter what happens in the elections. Unless you are rich and/or willing to be on the take AND Christian or pretending to be, you can't get anywhere in Washington. That is bad because it omits the huge surplus of knowledgeable, intelligent and morally sound people we have in our great country from wanting to run for office. That is why we have that mess if idiots running for president!!!!

    October 13, 2011 at 1:41 am |
  4. THE Central Scrutinzer

    The Central Scrutinizer’s Manifesto

    1. I enjoy blogging on the CNN Belief blog.

    2. However the last two evenings have been most unfortunate.

    3. For whatever reason and I have no idea why, someone or some people seem to think it is funny to imitate the frequent bloggers, i.e. steal their names and post as if they were them.

    4. Sadly, this defeats the whole point of an internet community.

    5. Additionally, those who are doing it are simply either unable to think for themselves, or are malicious. Perhaps young and stupid. None of these are healthy traits.

    6. My message to them. Maybe you are teenagers, I don’t know, but if you are not actually interested in politics or religion, why hang around with us? There are many forums for you. And I promise I won’t go to YOUR forums and fuk them up. Is that too much to ask? Seems fair.

    7. Finally, if we can agree to get along and not take the fun and pleasure away from those who benefit by it. Can we also agree to the following:

    a. When you come in, have a take, not just an insult. Don’t suck (borrowed from Jim Rome)
    b. Let’s talk. Let’s disagree. Let’s agree. Let’s be Americans. That is how we do.
    c. Don’t be a baby. Fight back! That is part of the fun and in the end, we learn something (if we want to).
    Sparring is a gas and you should not consider it an insult. Just fight back and prove your worth! (or get lost!)

    8. Finally, these blogs don’t have to be a fist fight, they can and should be fun and educational. If you are ignorant, I am going to tell you so (and so are others). If you are funny, great, if you are a genius, thank you Sensei.
    That is how I feel about it for what it is worth. I enjoy the blogs but the last two evenings have been silly and irritating so if that can change cool, otherwise I am out. That is my take for the evening.

    October 13, 2011 at 1:11 am |
  5. Uncouth Swain

    LET MY PEOPLE GO

    October 12, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
  6. Tian

    This is very amusing:
    All Israel has ever done is try to defend itself.

    1. You will die in a few minutes if you are deprived of oxygen.
    2. You will die in several days if you are deprived of water.
    3.You will be walking dead after sometime if you are deprived on freedom.

    It is reported only last week that the only fresh water spring had been taken from Palestinian family.
    Every a few months, a piece of land is taken from Palestinian to build settlements.
    Palestinian are forced to live in a concentration camp like environment.

    These are all amount to mass killings, in a less (visually) bloody way.

    October 12, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      I don't see the problem.

      October 12, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
  7. Central Scrutinizer

    HI. MEL GIBSON HERE. SHOULD HAVE LEFT HIM IN PRISON.

    October 12, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  8. Mr Chihuahua

    Mr Dogcatcher, set my people free lol!

    October 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
  9. J2011

    Wow, Israel puts that much value on the life of one of its citizens. Too bad the same cannot be said for Hamas.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  10. Tian

    Israel created a hell in Palestine. Anything that comes out of it will haunt Israel.

    October 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      There is NO Palestine, unless you mean the territory that was owned by Britain.
      Eventually you are just going to have to accept the fact that israel is there and is going to stay there. You are also going to have to accept that the arabs in the surrounding nations goofed the Palestinians up with all the wars they had with Israel. It was only when those nations started to lose land did they get all worried.

      October 12, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
    • Tian

      The Palestinian who have lost their land, who have to live in a condition similar to concentrated camp, who have close to zero security about their life and properties, should be expected to sit idle and disappear one day? If your life is destroyed, do you mind to blow up those brought hell onto you? Israel has US standing firm behind, has the most formidable military build up. What do Palestinian have? Only human who can blow up himself together with his enemy.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • Chad

      a. there is no such thing as a "palestine", check your history
      b. there would be peace in the middle east if arabs would stop trying to annihilate Israel.

      All Israel has ever done is try to defend itself.

      October 12, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @Tian- A lot of the problems you listed can be firmly pointed at the palestinians own govts

      October 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  11. michelle

    God bless Israel!!!!! STAY STRONG.... ISRAEL IS THE ONLY NORMAL COUNTRY IN THE MIDDLE EAST!!

    October 12, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
    • Payman

      Normal?

      October 12, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • Muneef

      Maybe normal because of the American and Christian financial blood donors...

      October 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  12. Serkan

    i personally dont belive, Jews care about human life, (they might care about life of Jews only) . I want you all remember tey just kill 1300 hundred pcivilian in Palastine...... Regards.

    October 12, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Not surprising since the Hamas terrorists were hiding like cowards behind the civilians.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
    • Serkan

      Thats what you dont get it. You can't murder 1000's of civilians (30 % of them are kids...!) to get few so called "terorist". Thats barbaric. They desired (palestinans) their own country much as Jewesh people does.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
    • Chad

      When you fire thousands of rocket at civilian targets in Israel, what do you honestly expect?

      utter nonsense

      October 12, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      COWARDS I SAY!

      October 12, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @Serkan- They are not "so-called"...they are terrorists. Who is more to blame...the terrorist hiding in a civilian area and putting their own ppl at risk? Or the Israelis who are reacting to the rockets being fired at them?

      October 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  13. Muneef

    Why do I feel that this Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit might be the future that both Israelies and Palestinians been waiting for to bring them closer...!

    Any way just hope that Israel does not do as did before releasing with one hand and taking other Palestainians captives with the other....!!

    October 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • John Richardson

      I have no idea why you feel that way, Muneef. But it would be all sorts of cool if your feeling proved to be correct!

      October 12, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • Muneef

      John Rich.

      Yes dear you are right it will be too cool to be true... Any way if he tries to say a good word of justice he will be accused of being brainwashed poor guy..that's if not crucified him as did to messengers through out history...!
      Any way let us hope for the best and be optimistic enabling our selves peaceful life resting on good hope...!

      October 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  14. jmadey

    When will "Gods' Chosen People", behave like GODS CHOSEN PEOPLE.

    October 12, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Do you have any concept of what being God's Chosen ppl even means? Or are you just putting your own limited view on the meaning?

      October 12, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • Muneef

      ?? GOD chosen people....!?
      Am not sure whom you mean as I thought we are all equal in the eyes of GOD and that the only the best one's in the eyes of GOD are the true Worshipers and Righteous of good deeds...!

      But just incase you were referring to the children of Isael as the chosen people then yes they were although they been severally panished when worshiped the calf and then been driven lost to the deserts for 40 years...although after that prophets and messengers were all chosen from the children of Israel but when they kept on killing and driving out the prophets and messengers of GOD...finalized by having Jesus crucified then they were no longer the chosen and the prophet and messenger of GOD this time came from the Arabs and was the seal of all prophets and messengers of GOD sent to mankind to bring them to being human beings...!!

      October 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  15. Zowie

    I don't mean to be rude, but I hope somebody's taking this young man to a cathouse!

    October 12, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  16. amuchbettercomedian

    This is the funniest article ive read in a long time. "Judaism places ultimate value on human life", Hii LA RIOUUUUS!

    October 12, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Thank you for your factless opinion....guess it proves that a fool will laugh at anything. Especially their own stuff.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  17. hhindu

    Does not the world understand Israelil's mindset?
    ONE crazy man (with Legion) was exchanged with 2000 pigs at the era of Jesus.
    Nowadays ONE Shalit is valued as 1000 dogs (Palestinians). Read the Qaballah: As a Christian, I am valued only 1/1000 of an Israeli!
    PRIDE guys, PRIDE.

    October 12, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  18. Jacqueline Rotem

    As mother of one of Gilad's close friends from his village i can only say that one can talk about the high price
    of releasing Gilad, from different point of views religious, moral, security etc. but if it was their child or family member those
    people would not even think of discussing the matter in a theoretical way.
    they all would have done the same the family did, who was supported by a majority of people in Israel, they would have done everything they could to get him released.
    tommorrow my second son will be in the army and so the sons of my neighbours and we pray that they will come home safely and if not they should know that their country will do its best to release them from captivity.
    so many wars have been fought throughout history and there was always a price to pay.
    only when we will reach peace with our neighbours and respect also their needs and right for self determination the vicious circle of bloodshed and pain will be broken.

    October 12, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • shine7

      God bless you and the Jewish people

      October 12, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
    • chasbed

      So what do you think Israel should do to bring peace? In order to stop this vicious circle of blood shed.

      October 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  19. meni

    It was said once : MUSLIMS LOVES DEATH AS MUCH AS JEWS LOVE LIFE!
    And it is so true ! Hamas stop using Human shields

    October 12, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  20. twisted

    I hope Israel implanted tracking micro-chip in each of the 1000+ prisoners and after the exchange can send a squad to re-capture or terminate these freed prisoners. Even though I feel Israel needs to stop abusing Palestinians and make life so busy for them that they dont have time to plot against israel. Give them education, jobs, married life with kids....improve their quality of life and then they wont put roadblocks in israel's way. Treating them like outcasts and cutting them off to let them live in poverty and without jobs, future only fuels their fire for revenge.

    October 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • SELENA MARLO

      ISRAEL HAS DONE ENOUGH FOR THE PALESTINIANS...ALL THE PALESTINIANS CARE ABOUT IS BLOWING THERE KIDS UP...TEACHING THERE KIDS HATRED OF AMERICANS AND ISRAELIS..DURING 911 THE PALESTINIANS WERE CELEBRATING IN THE STREETS THAT AMERICANS WERE KILLED...

      October 12, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @SELENA MARLO- Come on...don't be stupid. The majority of all ppl want peace, a nice place to live and hope for tomorrow. The Palestinians are not anyway you described. Yes..some danced but reasonable ppl do NOT condemn the majority for the actions of a few.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
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