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Observation: Realistically Thinking About Post Shalit Deal

By Dr. Aaron Lerner

16 October, 2011


If there are terror attacks after the Shalit deal is completed those who 
pushed for the deal won’t have remorse. They will either say that terror is 
inevitable regardless of the deal or that the only way to end terror is to 
give the Arabs what they want (or both). Some might even criticize the 
security services for failing to thwart the attacks. And if the attack 
takes place beyond the Green Line then the victims will be to blame for 
being there in the first place.

And If there are kidnappings then unless the parents of the hostages scream 
for the heads of the terrorists rather than for PM Netanyahu to release 
another thousand, there is every reason in the world to expect, once again, 
a full press by the media for Israel to once again open the prison gates.

Is it possible to actually change any of this?

Are we locked into a perpetual spiral of concessions?

How can Israel respond differently to a post-Shalit terror attack that will 
give the nation the feeling that we are not in some terrible free fall?

How can the next kidnapping be handled so that we are not demoralized?

Blood and revenge.

Yes. It sounds primitive.

But it is the lingua franca of the neighborhood.

And, In truth. Not just the neighborhood.

Blood isn’t shelling empty buildings in an ever growing target bank.

Then again, blood can very much be the mysterious disappearance and or death 
of terrorist commanders and leaders.
A lot of blood.

After all, literally within walking distance there are hundreds – if not 
thousands – of legitimate candidates.

Blood certainly doesn’t necessarily require an official press release from 
the IDF Spokesperson’s Office.

As for kidnapping, we should be prepared to actively seek out the 
whereabouts of the victim by bringing in the terrorist leadership associated 
with the kidnappers. Of course, if these leaders resist while being taken 
into custody their deaths will be on their own heads.

As for “revenge”, there is today one clear and indisputable form a “revenge”: 
Jewish settlement construction.

Blood and revenge.

Certainly preferable to surrender.


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Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(Mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-7255730