June 30, 2008
Israel has agreed to swap a murderous cretin for the return of two of its soldiers who are likely dead. Eric Trager at Commentary calls it a significant setback for the Jewish state and writes:
After all, in exchange for two captured soldiers who are likely dead, Israel has agreed to release Samir Kuntar, a notorious member of the Palestine Liberation Front who crushed a 4 year-old girl’s head on beach rocks after killing her young father in 1979. As Kuntar has long been among Hezbollah’s most coveted bargaining chips in previous prisoner swap negotiations, Israel is paying a high price for the bodies of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev in releasing him.
Here’s what I don’t get: Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev were captured in July of 2006. Wikipedia notes “On 6 December 2006, a previously classified report released by Israel stated that the two soldiers were critically wounded during the abduction.” I don’t mean to get gruesome on y’all but what, exactly, is Israel getting for releasing this thug? Bodies? What bodies? Are we expected to believe that the bodies of these soldiers were somehow preserved for nearly 2 years? Or that the hair and bone that may remain after all this time is being kept somewhere? This just seems preposterous. Where is the Israel the world thinks is so badass? I’d like to see it.