Monday, June 30, 2008

Preferring Hamas and Hezbollah - Haaretz - Israel News
Preferring Hamas and Hezbollah
By Zvi Bar'el
Tags: Hezbollah, Israel

It is impossible not to be impressed by the skilled work that we have witnessed in recent weeks. A German mediator ran between Israel and Hezbollah; an Egyptian mediator came and went between Hamas and the government of Israel. A taboo subject was broken and oaths evaporated. It appears that the official agreement between Israel and Hezbollah on how prisoners and captives will be exchanged will be signed today. An agreement on a package deal for the release of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Gilad Shalit is also on the verge of being concluded (verbally) - and in both these deals public opinion is fully involved. The Internet and television are full of views on the deals, T-shirts are being printed with photos of the abducted soldiers, rallies are held, Shalit's book is being sold, stickers are stuck on motorbikes and public service announcements count daily the number of days the soldiers have been in captivity.

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