Come and Get Your Jewish Life Here, Cheap!

By Norma Zager

“I do not believe in loving enemies; I have pretty hard work to love my friends. Neither do I believe in revenge. No man can afford to keep the viper of revenge in his heart. But I believe in justice, in self-defense.” Robert Ingersoll

Just days after the Gilad Shalit homecoming, Israel and Egypt struck a deal to swap 25 Egyptian prisoners in Israeli custody for one U.S. Israeli dual national Ilan Grapel, held by Egypt.

Okay and now we’re at a 25 to one ratio. The numbers are dwindling.

And now you have it folks, Israel is opening a swap meet for Jewish prisoners.

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No Equality in Gilad Shalit’s Exchange

By Norma Zager

“We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly.” Aristotle

So many, including Ari, are incensed about Israel’s deal to retrieve Gilad Shalit. Somehow I am not, for I do not see any equality between human life and that of a sub-human species.

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God Weeps and We with Him

By Ari Bussel

“There are some 5,000 more prisoners in Israeli prisons. We thus need to kidnap five more Israeli soldiers and every single one will be set free. This is our promise.” Hamas

“You do not understand,” say parents to children who are below the age of mandatory draft, “if it were your son, you would stop at nothing to bring him back, even release all those terrorists.” They refer to Gilad Shalit who returned to Israel from Hamas captivity.

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Gilad Shalit and a World Full of Crazy

By Norma Zager

“We are especially not going to tolerate these attacks from outlaw states run by the strangest collection of misfits, Looney Tunes and squalid criminals since the advent of the Third Reich.” President Ronald Reagan

Opportunity knocks. At times it is at a moment when it can be used for great advantage. The release of Gilad Shalit is one such moment. What most fail to realize is there are two great lessons to be learned from this so-called exchange of prisoners.

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It is a Very Sad Day

By Ari Bussel

“Those released will return to armed struggle. It is a great national achievement.” Khaled Mashal, Chairman, Hamas Political Bureau, Damascus, Syria

“The Nation of Israel is a unique people. We are all mutually responsible for each other, as our Sages said: ‘He who saves one soul, it is as though he saved an entire world.’ Tonight, I bring the Government a proposal to save Gilad Shalit, to finally bring him home to Israel after five years.” Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister, Jerusalem, Israel

The family of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier that has been in captivity five years, is awaiting reunion with their son. Israel is awaiting his return, alive and sane, into the embrace of a whole nation.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Remarks 26 June 2011

Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser

June 25th, 2011, was the fifth anniversary of Gilad Shalit’s Abduction. He is being held by a brutal enemy, Hamas, which refuses to uphold either the minimal demands of the international treaties or humanitarian conditions. It has refused to allow him even one visit by the International Committee of the Red Cross. It is holding him in harsh conditions and we know how his family is suffering. I think that the entire nation and all fair and just people in the world are incensed at what Hamas is doing.

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A Heavenly Promise – Thy Children Shall Come Back to Their Own Border

By Ari Bussel and Norma Zager

2,700 hundred years ago, the Prophet Jeremiah described a mother, lamenting her sons, for they were gone, and with them she had no hope for the future, for her end of days, for continuation.

It was a time of deep sorrow and mourning, describes the Prophet and says that God will turn it into immense joy and jubilation.

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