Egypt has freed an Israeli-Arab held in its jails for 15 years on espionage charges in exchange for the release of two Egyptians held in Israel, Egyptian and Israeli officials said on Thursday.
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The father of freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit cheers the prisoner swap that won Bowe Bergdahl’s freedom. Why is America’s reaction so different from Israel’s?
Israelis celebrated when Gilad Shalit was freed. But Frimet Roth cannot understand how its leaders agreed to free the terrorist who killed her 15-year-old daughter.
Given the cultural chasm, American Jews shouldn’t second-guess the Gilad Shalit exchange, Leonard Fein says. But nothing need inhibit us from questioning the timing.
It took more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners to win Gilad Shalit’s freedom. Proposed laws and even a TV show could lower that rate in the future.
Ilan Grapel is being freed, but his case raises troubling questions. How can an ally like Egypt can hold a dual Israeli-American citizen on trumped-up charges for months?
Many Israelis cheered the deal to free Gilad Shalit even though scores of hardened terrorists were freed. The U.S. has a different approach to prisoner exchanges with enemies.
After seeing, hearing and reading the flood of anguish and outrage that’s followed Israel’s decision to free 1,027 terrorists in return for one captured soldier, you might be astonished to learn that Israelis approve of the deal by a nearly 6-to-1 margin, according to a poll published in the Jerusalem Post October 18. The Dahaf poll showed 79% for the swap and just 14% opposed. The margin among women was 86% to 5%. The same article reported another poll, by the Midgam organization, showing a narrower but still hefty 69%-to-26% approval.