“Anyone that kidnaps an Israeli will now know that Israel is willing to pay an extremely high price, totally out of proportion with what the other side will pay.”
No kidding, you think that might embolden Hizballah?
“Israelis uneasy over prisoner release: Critics say the deal, which they see as lopsided, could embolden Hezbollah,” by Ilene R. Prusher and Joshua Mitnick for the Christian Science Monitor, July 17 (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist):
JERUSALEM and NAHARIYA, ISRAEL – Israel received two black coffins on Wednesday containing the remains of the soldiers abducted in a Hezbollah raid at Israel’s northern border two summers ago — a surprise attack whose aftereffects are still reverberating.
The long-awaited prisoner exchange, far from closing a chapter that included a 34-day war and raising hopes for peace, instead has Israel grieving over its losses and watching for further military maneuvers by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah.
Moreover, the inherent disparity of the deal has sparked concerns that it will embolden Hezbollah, Hamas, and other foes of Israel to kidnap soldiers and civilians, knowing that they can extract large concessions. Israel agreed to receive the soldiers dead or alive in exchange for the remains of 200 Lebanese as well as the release of five Lebanese prisoners, including Samir Kuntar, who was convicted of murdering an Israeli father and child in Nahariya nearly 30 years ago.
“Anyone that kidnaps an Israeli will now know that Israel is willing to pay an extremely high price, totally out of proportion with what the other side will pay,” says Danny Yatom, former head of Mossad, the intelligence agency….