Exchange rate: Terrorist:honorable soldier: 1027 to 1
Israel, Hamas sign deal for soldier’s release
In a speech broadcast on Hamas-run Al-Quds television, exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said the prisoner exchange will involve the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, including women.
Miidle Easterners are known for their haggling skills. A long time ago I heard that folks in LA used to say that “only an Armenian could go through a revolving door with a Jew and come out ahead.” The area’s large Persian community is also known for its business savvy.
Looks like the Palestinians have all of them beat..
The CNN article does not detail the the prisoners’ offenses, but they are legion, and deadly.The relese will also ease financial pressure on the PA and Hamas, as prisoners’ families receive substantial allowances, funded of course by the West.
A lousy deal?
But this exchange may also show the difference between a culture that sees its children as expendable “martyrs” and one that sees the life and liberty of just one of its sons as precious almost beyond measure.