In June 2006, a group of Hamas terrorists sneaked through a tunnel into Israel and attacked an Israeli army post. Two Hamas terrorists and two Israeli soldiers were killed, three more Israelis were wounded, and one Israeli was kidnapped and taken back into the Gaza Strip. And that soldier — then Corporal, now Sergeant Gilad Shalit — spent the next five and a quarter years a captive of Hamas, denied any and all rights a “prisoner of war” is supposed to have. Hamas even refused to allow the International Red Cross to visit him and verify his survival and health.
Well, Shalit is on his way home, finally freed in a deal that freed over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners — many of whom convicted of serious terrorist acts.
I think I’m OK with that. Because Hamas has settled the exchange rate. One Israeli is worth 1,000 Palestinians. (Give or take — I’ll round it off.)
So, the next time Hamas attacks Israel (give them a week), Israel can now justify killing 1,000 Palestinians for each Israeli killed. Establishing the value of a wounded Israeli in dead Palestinians could be a bit trickier, but I’ll just pull a number out of the air and say 100. I’d like to say 250, but I’ll be generous.
And if Hamas objects to the new exchange rate they themselves demanded, then we can tell them the old joke about “now we’re just haggling over the price.”