4 More Points on the Gilad Shalit Exchange

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Following-up on my first six points, here are four more points -- and dyspeptic ones -- from Alon Pinkas:

1) The only country in the world that incessantly preaches and pontificates never to deal with terrorists is the one that repeatedly does so.

2) The message to Hamas - and this is exactly how it is perceived -  is essentially: Israel only understands force.

3) If this is such a good deal, then why was it not struck four, three, two or one year ago? This deal is exactly the deal that the German mediator negotiated in 2007.

4) We all grew up on camaraderie and the Jewish value of "Redemption of Prisoners". Yet this deal reflects weakness and projects lack of staying power. Can you imagine the US or Britain making such a deal?

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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