Caroline Glick believes that yesterday's terror attack in Jerusalem was directly tied to the "prisoner swap."
Government sources were quick to tell us that there is no connection between the carnage in Rehavia and the deal negotiated with Hizbullah that was proceeding in Germany as our enemies murdered and maimed us in the streets of Jerusalem. Science Minister Eliezer Sandberg announced, "There is no connection and it is forbidden to make a connection between the bombing and the deal for the prisoner swap."
The fact that the PLO's Fatah terror group claimed responsibility for the attack on Hizbullah television should give considerable pause to those like Sandberg who protest that there is no connection. In fact Fatah and Hizbullah have been cooperating closely since late 2001. Fatah receives funding and direction from Iran. Hizbullah is an Iranian organization.
The date of the prisoner swap was announced publicly last week. No doubt, Hizbullah has known the date for some time. There is no reason not to suspect that this information was passed on to Fatah and so today was chosen for the attack. What better way for Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah to declare complete victory over Israel than for his allies to carry out a massacre of Israeli civilians the day he secures the release of hundreds of their terrorist brethren?
Read the whole thing. (She also has some pointed remarks about Irineos I and Sharon's unilateral
surrender withdrawal proposal.)
Without changing the subject, I'm going to attempt to end the week on a slightly more spiritual note. Back when the proposed swap first came to public attention last October, Shalom Rosenberg wrote this essay, entitled "The Price Must be Right." His central point was this:
It is well known that the redemption of prisoners is a central precept in Jewish tradition. The Shulchan Aruch indeed rules: "Every moment of delay in redeeming prisonersâ€¦ is like spilling bloodâ€˜ (Yoreh Dea, 252:3). Yet still the Mishna establishes (Gittin, 4:6): â€™Prisoners must not be redeemed at more than their price, for the sake of tikkun haolamâ€˜ â€” an untranslatable expression meaning mending or perfecting the world. The price in the Mishna is probably the price attainable at the slave market. But this â€™price" is an example for any payment for release: The price must not be too high, and the payment must not encourage further abductions.
That was the teaching and the practice of the Maharam, Rabbi Meir Ben Baruch of Rottenburg, the greatest Jewish scholar in 13th-century Germany, who was arrested following a malicious denunciation. The authorities demanded an exorbitant price for his release, and even though the communities were willing to pay the ransom, the Maharam refused to be released under such conditions, and died in jail after seven years of captivity! And all that was because of the principle of "for the sake of tikkun haolam."
It would appear that our priorities have changed. So much the worse for us.