Sunday, October 16, 2011

Caroline Glick Declares that Netanyahu's Deal is "A Pact Signed in Jewish Blood"

The title of Caroline Glick's newest Op-Ed piece for the Jerusalem Post--A Pact Signed in Jewish Blood--speaks for itself. Glick rightly declares that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's deal to release over 1000 terrorists to obtain the freedom of illegally abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit speaks volumes about Netanyahu:

At best, Netanyahu comes out of this deal looking like a weak leader who is manipulated by and beholden to Israel’s radical, surrender-crazed media. To their eternal shame, the media have been waging a five-year campaign to force Israel’s leaders to capitulate to Hamas.

At worst, this deal exposes Netanyahu as a morally challenged, strategically irresponsible and foolish, opportunistic politician.

Those are harsh--but quite correct--words from someone who used to work for Netanyahu and who defended Netanyahu publicly long after I came to the conclusion that the smooth-speaking Netanyahu can serve Israel well as a representative to the U.N. but is completely ill-suited for the task of being Prime Minister. Glick concludes:

What Israel needs is a leader with the courage of one writer’s convictions. Back in 1995, that writer wrote: "The release of convicted terrorists before they have served their full sentences seems like an easy and tempting way of defusing blackmail situations in which innocent people may lose their lives, but its utility is momentary at best.

Prisoner releases only embolden terrorists by giving them the feeling that even if they are caught, their punishment will be brief. Worse, by leading terrorists to think such demands are likely to be met, they encourage precisely the terrorist blackmail they are supposed to defuse."

The writer of those lines was then-opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu wrote those lines in his book, Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic and International Terrorists.

Israel needs that Netanyahu to lead it. But in the face of the current Netanyahu’s abject surrender to terrorism, apparently he is gone.

I don't know what happened to the Netanyahu who wrote those words or the Netanyahu who once brilliantly presented Israel's case to the U.N. and to biased media members across the globe but Israel will rue--and might not survive--the day that it elected Netanyahu to the country's highest office.

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