Reflections on the Israel-Hezbullah Prisoner swap deal  
      [ 17/07/2008 - 12:46 AM ]  
      By Khalid Amayreh

      The latest prisoner swap deal between Israel and Hezbullah is a healthy 
indicator that  at least some Arabs are beginning to understand the depraved 
Zionist mentality, and act accordingly. Such mentality is based on arrogance, 
insolence, and religious and ethnic superiority.

      Israel, a country whose collective mindset views non-Jews as virtual 
animals or at least lesser human beings, had to face a new enemy, an enemy that 
will not be scared by overwhelming brutality, but one that will meet Israel's 
state terror with toughness, resilience,  valor and defiance.

      This is a new reality that Israelis, especially Israeli leaders, have yet 
 to come to terms with, especially psychologically.

      This explains the deep frustration that is apparent in the tone of 
Israeli leaders reacting to the latest swap deal, especially the fact that 
Israel has been forced to release  the Lebanese guerilla Samir Kuntar.

      Israel, utterly ignoring her own countless murderous sins,  has come to 
view  Kuntar as the prototype of the ultimate terrorist as if the tens of 
thousands of Jewish murderers and terrorists who have enormous amount of 
innocent blood on their hands were the Lord's angels of love and mercy.

      Indeed, if Israel were a normal state, and its people a normal people,  
it would have adopted an  honest and just  approach toward its neighbors, an 
approach that would not discriminate between "blood and blood" and "life and 

      Undoubtedly, such an approach would have saved thousands of lives, Jewish 
and Arab, and spared the region and its peoples  decades of pain and suffering.

      But then Zionism would be losing its face, mind and heart, and would 
morph into something entirely different.

      Unfortunately, it is probably  futile to preach morality  to Zionism, a 
manifestly demonic  movement which experience shows is not capable of  behaving 
morally and humanely.

      Well, let us examine some of the statements and remarks Zionist leaders 
have been making with regard to the latest swap deal with Hezbullah.

      Shimon Peres, the hero of the Qana massacre of 1996, who is now Israel's 
President, has been quoted as saying that "We don't want murderers to go free, 
but we have a moral obligation to bring home soldiers whom we sent to defend 
their country."

      Peres also reportedly said that "my heart is torn over the decision to 
pardon Kuntar," adding that his decision to that effect "in no way constituted 

      Certainly, no one , Arab or otherwise, is particularly infatuated with 
what Kuntar did in 1979, although the Israeli army then was at least partially 
responsible for the killing  by the Lebanese guerilla of three Israelis, 
including a paramilitary policeman, a man and his daughter. 

      The three lives, like numerous other victims, Arab and Jewish, would have 
 been spared had the insolent Israeli military establishment behaved wisely.

      After all, Kuntar,  and his friends who were killed in that  rescue 
operation, didn't come to Israel to kill and shed blood  but to force Israel to 
release Arab prisoners. 

      Non the less, one is prompted to ask difficult questions, questions that 
most Israelis don't like to hear let alone answer, but when confronted with, 
they  either seek to  evade or prevaricate and quibble in their answers.

      Who has killed more innocent people, Shimon Peres or Samir Kuntar? Who 
has more blood, including children blood, on his hands, Shimon Peres or Samir 
Kuntar? Who has inflicted more terror, suffering and death upon innocent 
people, Shimon Peres or Samir Kuntar?

      If  honesty is to be the ultimate  arbiter among men,  then one can't 
escape the inescapable  conclusion that it is  mass murderers like Peres, Ariel 
Sharon and other Israeli leaders, dead or living, who really need forgiveness 
for their horrible crimes against humanity. 

      In fact, Israelis should be reminded on this occasion that a Presidential 
post, a business suit with neck tie, and the ability to speak eloquent 
sound-bites in several languages  and have audience with statesmen and VIPs 
from around the world, don't really  transform a criminal into a true human 

      A criminal is a criminal especially if he refuses to come to terms with 
his crimes and if he refuses to apologize to his victims. Needless to say, 
Peres has done neither. 

      But then criminals are not concerned about their sins.

      One elderly Israeli woman interviewed by the Ha'aretz newspaper lashed 
out at Hezbullah for having refused until the very last moment to tell if the 
two Israeli prisoners were dead or alive.

      "It's the saddest day for Israel. They kept us waiting until the last 
second to learn the fate of our sons," the woman was quoted as saying.

      I certainly sympathize with the woman at the personal level. However, I 
would want to ask the Jewish lady why she thought that Jewish lives were worth 
more than non-Jewish lives?

      I also would like  to ask her what she would tell the mothers, families 
and relatives of thousands of Arab prisoners who have been languishing in 
Israel's dark, underground dungeons since 1967?

      We are talking about POWs and MIAs  and other ordinary people whose 
families have no way of knowing if their beloved ones are dead or a live? 
Aren't these "forgotten prisoners" human beings, too? Are they children of a 
lesser God?

      Unfortunately, most Israelis,  thoroughly self-absorbed and 
self-centered, don't like to be asked such questions lest their superiority 
complexes and collective psychosis  be exposed.

      Finally,  the latest prisoner swap shows that Israel only understands the 
language of cold realpolitik which is by definition immoral and coercive.

      For Palestinians, who have more than 10,000 of their beloved ones 
languishing in Israeli concentration camps,  the message is  very clear: If you 
want to get Israel to release your beloved ones,  take Israeli hostages and 
swap them for the Palestinian captives.




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