4 More Points on the Gilad Shalit Exchange

By Jeffrey Goldberg

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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