1,027 For 1 Prisoner Swap Slated For Tuesday
By Dell Hill
you approve of the United States swapping 1,027 Al Qaeda prisoners -
some serving as much as 35 life sentences - for one American soldier?
That’s the question many Israeli citizens are asking as a major prisoner swap, involving
many Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the release of Sgt. Gilad
Schalit. The swap is scheduled for Tuesday and we get the basic of this
story from the Associated Press.
Sgt. Gilad Schalit
week's planned Mideast prisoner swap is unleashing deep anguish in
Israel and widespread elation in the Palestinian territories, laying
bare the chasm of perspective dividing the two sides.
Israel, the public is aghast at having to release convicted
perpetrators of suicide bombings, deadly shootings and grisly
kidnappings, although most understand that's what it takes to win
freedom for a soldier captured during a routine patrol inside Israel at
Palestinians, with equal vehemence, see the returnees as heroes who
fought an occupier at a time of violence and argue moral equivalence
between their actions and those of Israel's army.
diverging narratives have been reflected in reactions to the deal, in
which Israel will free some 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for
Sgt. Gilad Schalit, captured by Gaza militants in a cross-border raid in
I encourage you to click on this link and read the entire report. It’s extremely well written and offers considerable, in depth reporting.