As the resident Israeli HJ writer, it is my obligation to report the wonderful feeling of happiness sweeping Israel in the wake of Gilad Shalit’s return from 5.5 years of brutal captivity. It is a great day, and I hope he returns home swiftly and in good health, both mentally and physically.
Since the world is politics, I do not understand why Israel is not using this moment to talk about its respect for human life. The Israeli government traded over 1,000 prisoners, many of whom are convicted murderers, to gain the freedom of one of its citizens. Why are they not discussing this point at every turn? Can you imagine the US making a similar deal with a group it views as a mortal enemy? They clearly place a value on human life that is above any other nation on earth. It frustrates me that they are not talking about this, it is giving up good PR.