Just a few posts back I discussed Israels refusal to work out a truce with Hama on a cease-fire as long as Hamas held Gilad Shalit captive.
Gilad Shalit is, or more likely was, a bottom rung, low rank young soldier who was merely a border guard when he was kidnapped over 2 years ago by Hamas terrorists, and Israel has demanded his return before they’ll sit down and negotiate any cease fire. This should be a no-brainer. What a small thing to ask compared to all the other demands they could be making, such as demanding closure of and no further digging on all those smuggling tunnels, or that Hamas turn over at least one of the many high ranking criminals the Israelis would like to get hold of.
Yet this simple, small and very reasonable request has utterly confounded all efforts by Egypt to bring the two sides to the table, with Egypt’s Foreign Ministry spokesman saying this is “a blow to Egyptian mediation efforts between the two sides.”
Why? This one little guy versus ending all the warfare, death, destruction, shortages, hardships, having the crossings open again, having trade and peace. Does that make sense? When this Gilad Shalit is a nobody? Not a politician, or critical scientist, or leader of any sort? Just another grunt soldier?
The only reason for Hamas to keep refusing is because he’s dead. There’s a good chance they don’t even know where his remains are, so they can’t even offer him up in a little wooden box like they usually do in their so-called prisoner exchanges.
The Israelis don’t want a truce with Hamas anyway. They want Hamas to disappear, and they understand the reality of things. It has to be the people of Gaza themselves who put Hamas out of business, and the only way to get them to do that is by keeping the borders locked up tight and the pressure on. The more the residents of Gaza realize what a bad move they made by voting in Hamas, the sooner they’ll turn against that terrorist outfit and throw it out.
They know that it was Hamas that brought all the latest death and destruction down on them, and Hamas hasn’t made itself any more popular by shooting a lot of people in the legs and knees for being merely suspected of being Fatah or Israeli sympathizers. Hamas is brutalizing their own people since they find themselves helpless against the Israelis.
Israels’ leaders need to stick to their guns in spite of all the pressure being brought by other nations. Only by maintaining the blockade and keeping Gaza bottled up will they finally get rid of Hamas.