"Such a deal will lead to a vicious wave of terror," Dr. Hagi Ben-Artzi told Army Radio on Monday, claiming that when Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was freed in a prisoner swap deal, it led to the second intifada.
"The results are very clear," he said, "and I say this out of a great love for Bibi, and call on him not to take responsibility for the possible deaths of hundreds or thousands of Israelis."
"It will be a huge boost for terror, and it will bring big waves of attacks, as he himself has written in his books," he said. "If he signs the deal, it will prove he has no spine."
"He, more than anyone else, preached for 30 years a policy of fighting terror and opposing surrendering to terror," he continued, adding that in one of the premier's books, "Fighting Terror," he dedicated a whole chapter to the issue, and said that as a future leader, he would not free terrorists.
It's time to accept certain realities about Mr. Netanyahu. Despite his tough talk during the campaign about rejecting a two-state solution, he has been endorsing it. Instead of advancing construction in Yesha, and issuing new tenders, he has brought construction to a virtual halt.
He has stood firm on Jerusalem, and is to be commended for it. But very little action has been to stand up to the Marack administration and demand the condemnation of illegal Arab construction while he attacks Jews for building on land they own.
Why would anyone be surprised that Bibi would take a stand in a book regarding releasing terrorists, and then contradict that position once in office. He has released terrorists simply so we could watch a video of Gilad Schalit. He's already broken this stance.
As much as I want to see Schalit go free, consenting to Hamas demands is an act of weakness that will embolden them and bring further terror attacks. Just as embracing the Peres driven fallacy Oslo that resulted in more than 1500 dead Jews, this proposed prisoner exchange will further weaken Israel in the eyes of our enemies.
I feel nothing but a torn heart when I pray for Gilad's release, and think of the suffering of his family. I want nothing more than to see him be liberated from the hands of his captors. But how many more will die as a result of this exchange? I know that as one person, one Jew, I have no right to condemn a man, or deny him his freedom. I have no earthly idea what it is like for him, or his family. But the weight of history stands with Ben-Artzi. Every time Israel backs down to the murderers, Jews die. Better that the IDF attempt operations to free him than let these men go free.
It is still unclear what of this deal is rumor, and if any of it is based in real fact. If it is true, and Bibi breaks down on this, as he very well may, the residents of Yesha should become very concerned, and active, because they will be next to suffer from the spinelessness of the Knesset.