“Admittedly, there is a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson in history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face.” — Ronald Reagan
Allow me to begin with the fact that I realize that Israel is between a rock and a hard place … but my love for the Jewish State moves me to speak out against what I believe is a perniciously bad idea…
There have been some bad ideas over time that have not only been unbeneficial to Israel, but highly detrimental to the national security of its people. One of those being prisoner exchanges. This is not a new phenomenon … it has occurred since the rebirth of the State of Israel … setting a horrible precedent…
– The first exchanges took place after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
– On March 29, 1956, four surviving POWs and one IDF soldier’s body were returned in exchange for 40 Syrian soldiers.
– Following the 1956 Suez Crisis, Israel exchanged 5,500 Egyptian prisoners captured during the campaign and 77 others who were captured during military operations from before the war, in exchange for an Israeli pilot taken prisoner during the war, and three soldiers taken captive in pre-war attacks.
– On February 21, 1962, Syria exchanged the body of an Israeli soldier for a Syrian soldier in Israeli captivity.
– December 21, 1963, 11 Israeli soldiers and civilians captured by Syria throughout the years since Israel’s independence were exchanged for 18 Syrian prisoners in Israel.
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