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Epiphany for Barak: Negotiations aren’t the only way to free Gilad Schalit

Dr. Aaron Lerner – IMRA: Stop the presses!

A man who started his long military career in an elite special force
suggests that there might be a way to get back an Israeli being held a few
kilometers distance from Ashkelon that does not involve releasing Arab
murderers.

Here is a news flash for Defense Minister Barak: Israel has another
alternative to releasing terrorists or running an operation to release
Schalit: it can start killing Hamas officials, one-by-one, from the air,
until they release Schalit. They are, after all, leaders of an organization
at war with Israel. ]

Epiphany: Barak: Negotiations aren’t the only way to free Gilad Schalit
JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST Nov. 23, 2008

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Negotiations with Hamas are not the only way to bring about the release of
kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said
Sunday.

Speaking at a conference of Israeli youth at Tel Aviv University, the
defense minister said, “We have a moral responsibility and to do everything
fitting and possible to bring Gilad Schalit home. Not at any price and not
only in negotiations.”

The best minds in Israel, as well as the defense establishment, “are
currently sitting on the matter,” he added.

In his speech, Barak emphasized that a “very difficult decision will need to
be made” to release Schalit, held captive in the Gaza Strip since June 2006,
and said he was not concerned about any such decision.

The defense minister noted that he had personally overseen operations to
release IDF captive soldiers in the past. “As a field commander, and a
combat soldier, I led people to battle. I saw people killed next to me, and
I commanded operations to release soldier.”

“The matter is crucial, and it is not simple,” he told some 1000 Israeli
youth taking part in the conference.

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