“What Is The Market Value Of An Arab Terrorist?” by Todd Strandberg

For several years, Israel and its Islamic foes have been conducting a bartering system. When they’re not exchanging gunfire with each other, they’re negotiating how to trade terrorists for captives.

The trading of captured soldiers has occurred throughout history. It was very common during the American Civil War. By having a typical one-for-one exchange, both sides can dispense with the task of having to feed and guard enemy soldiers, and they get healthy men back into battle.

There is nothing even-handed in the exchanges Israel has been making with terrorists. All the trades have been ridiculously lopsided. Here are a few examples:

In 1978, Israel traded 76 PLO members for one single captive soldier.

In 2004, Prime Minster Sharon traded 435 security prisoners and the bodies of 59 Lebanese combatants for the bodies of three Israeli soldiers and an Israeli civilian, a drug dealer.

Just a couple weeks ago, Israel traded five terrorists and the bodies of 200 Arabs killed trying to attack Israel for the remains of two soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.

For over two years now, Hamas and Israel have been haggling over Gilad Shalit, who was abducted during a Palestinian attack on an army border post close to the Gaza Strip. The price for Shalit’s freedom is very high. Hamas sent a long list of people it wants released via Egyptian mediators. It includes approximately 1,300 names, some of which are high-ranking Fatah members.

I think Israel is on a slippery slope with such prisoner exchanges. Shalit was captured for the very reason of using him to bargain for the release of fellow terrorists. Israeli soldiers have even expressed their unhappiness with trading terrorists for captives.

Officers and soldiers from one of the Israeli army’s top reserve infantry brigades sent a letter to Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff General Gabi Ashkenazi insisting that he not permit the exchange of jailed Palestinian terrorists for any of them should they be captured by the enemy in future military operations.

Hezbollah’s deputy secretary-general, Sheikh Naim Kassem, said he would not rule out the abduction of more Israeli soldiers in order to achieve the organization’s goals.

There is also the issue of who is being released. One of the five terrorists just set free was Samir Qantar, who had been serving a life term for the deaths of four Israelis, including a 4-year-old girl and her father. Qantar killed the toddler by bludgeoning her skull with the butt of a riffle. For his part, Qantar promised to add to his bloody record by continuing his fight against Israel.

I think the Arabs’ willingness to agree to these exchanges reflects poorly on themselves. If Jews are the “descendant of pigs and dogs,” it doesn’t speak well of the value of an Arab if they are willing to trade two Israelis for 200 of their own kind.

The fundamental problem is that the Islamic system has little regard for the value of life. In the Iraq and Afghanistan war, America has lost 4,000 soldiers, and we have killed 90,000 terrorists. But yet, we are the ones constantly being reminded by our foes that we are the ones suffering heavy losses.

With over a billion Muslins in the world and only six million Israeli citizens, the Jewish state cannot afford to continue this rate of exchange in the short run.

In the long term, the exchange rate looks far more promising. If Israel were smart, it would find some way to lock in the rate. The day is coming when the mountains of Northern Israel will be littered with the bodies of millions of dead Arab and Russian soldiers. When that day comes, Israel could ransom any captives several times over.

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog. And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land” (Ezek. 39:11-12).

“And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood” (Ezek. 39:17).

— Todd

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