Let’s free all prisoners
Adi Mintz
Published: 16.10.11, 11:45
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1. Well said - BRAVO
Joshua ,   USA   (10.16.11)
Perfectly simple, sensible and true thinking. Why not????????????
2. Save even more money
Gloria   (10.16.11)
Send all the police, judges and prosecutors home. If murderers don't have to serve their sentences then there is no point in arresting, trying and imprisoning anyone. Empty our prisons and send the guards home. There are more than enough bananas for everyone in our advanced post-modern country.
3. It Had to Be Said
Orly ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (10.16.11)
Some will criticize this article because they don't agree with the author's "nationalism," but few if any will be able to explian why this proposal is less sensible than the prisoner swap. The rest will resort to kitchy phrases like "Sarcasim is the lowest form of humor." But the author clearly does not mean to be sarcastic, let alone to be humerous. Perhaps sardonic, but the message is sometimes only received this way when peoples heads are in the clouds of imagination and blind-optimism. Someone had to say it, and right now this was the only venue. Most will not publish this or anything of the like, but I hope that here readers will be open-minded enough to counter it with the opening of a logical debate rather than emotions.
4. Great article
Rod ,   Fargo N.Dakota   (10.16.11)
While Israel is at it maybe they can recommend to the U.S. that AlQaeda holds one U..S. Soldier who is alive either in the tribal area of Pakistan or Afghanistan.Maybe the geniuses leading Israel can advise Obama to release all the prisoners in Gitmo as well as the terrorist prisoners in the Federal Pens
5. Adi Mintz is a genius.Thank you! You have written an article
tom ,   tel aviv   (10.16.11)
that otherwise I would have to .It shows deep understanding of the Israeli psyche and gives solution to our most pressing issues. The ending shows some unnecessary dubts though. The author should simply follow the logical path he's shown us in the article: give up Golan, East Jerusalem and Wadi Ara for good measure. It still leaves us with assets for future negotiations regarding freeing of Galilee from the Israeli occupation: Haifa, Acre come to mind....
6. I Have A Better Idea!
Salma ,   Palestine   (10.16.11)
end the occupation and thus there will be no Palestinian freedom fighters to be in your jails, nor "Israeli" occupation soldiers to be in our hands. Adi Mintz, my idea somehow seems more logical to me & maybe to you, your last question in the article says that : )
7. TO NR. 6.
8. With such a brilliant article...
lidia ,   Israel   (10.16.11)
Why don't you join the government? From inside you may contribute to a better understanding with better solutions.
9. #6 - Selma
Chaim ,   Israel   (10.16.11)
What exactly you mean about occupation ? This include Haifa , Tel Aviv , Netania , Hedera .... so what you really mean is what Hamas is saying all the time ? That we just leave , and go "home" . Let me tell you : here is our HOME , and we have to live together .
10. #2
Jarda ,   Czech Republic   (10.16.11)
I have better idea how to save money. Go back to your homes and give Palestine to their original inhabitants.
11. To No.6, Salma's idea.
Gabe ,   Canada   (10.16.11)
What was your nationality before the "Green Line" was drawn ???? Can you give us a honest answer ?
12. Targeted Kills VS Capture = Nobody To Return
Seth ,   Washington, DC   (10.16.11)
You have a terrorist killing Israelis - kill them like the U.S. is doing with drone strikes.
13. #10 Home, is it?
Roman ,   Lod, Israel   (10.16.11)
Funny how the old adage goes - when we live amongst you, you tell us to leave for Israel, because we're not wanted - in the case of my family, the Soviet Union was quite clear in its desires to be rid of us in the end, stripping us of both citizenship and property. When we come to Israel, you tell us to "go home" and leave it to the Palestinians. The only place we have left, it would seem, is the sea. And we're not too keen on drowning. So I think we'll stay just where we're are, thank you kindly.
14. Can the Czech Jews also claim back their homes?
15. @ 10
shookie ,   Canada   (10.16.11)
We are already here thank you it took 3000 years but we're back. However if you are interested in helping us save money please support the idea that 8000 bullets cost a lot less than 24,000 meals a day.
Ellen ,   Israel/USA   (10.16.11)
17. Oh, Salma .....?
Yitzhak ,   TA   (10.16.11)
Oh, Salma? How come you didn't answer these questions last time, eh? Not to worry. You can answer them now.. 1) Who was the leader of the Palestinians before Arafat? 2) What was the currency of Palestine before the Jews "stole" it? 3) Jerusalem was the capital of which Palestinian empire? 4) Which Palestinian kings are buried in Jerusalem? 5) What are some of the technological advances that the world owes the Palestinians? 6) What are some of the cultural gifts of Palestine?
18. The death penalty would have solved these problems,
naro ,   nyc   (10.16.11)
19. #14
Jarda ,   Czech Republic   (10.16.11)
Of course. Except they sold them.
20. @ Jarda
Yitzhak ,   TA   (10.16.11)
Excellent idea. Now how about you find us the original inhabitants, eh? Here's a tip: they're likely to be able to pronounce the word 'Palestine'.....
21. @ Chaim
Yitzhak ,   TA   (10.16.11)
It's not just the Hamas. Google for the Charter of the Fakestinian Authority, and pay particular attention to Articles 12 and 19..
22. Better idea
Mike Shore ,   Dallas, USA   (10.16.11)
I have a better idea, good old capital punishment. Once terrorists are captured with blood on their hands, quick trail and execution. Capital punishment in Israel is long over due and the rational for not having it, no longer makes sense. Interesting how US public opinion is reacting to Israels value of life vs the Hamas culture of death. This incident helps many Americans finally get it and Israel has lots of new recent friends.
23. Isthere another side of this idea?
Shalom ,   U.S.A.   (10.16.11)
Instead of capturing them just kill them?
24. Who says they will only capture to release prisoners?
Raymond in DC ,   Washington, DC USA   (10.16.11)
Like Jonathan Swift's "solution" to the problem of hunger among England's poor, Mintz shows how absurd Israel's "capture and hold until traded away" policy is. Ada Yonath, one of Israel's Nobel laureates in Chemistry, offered a similar "solution" some years ago, but she was serious and, embarrassed, had to retract. Of course, even were every prisoner released, Israeli soldiers and civilians would continue to be captured - for money, for the pleasure of torturing them, or in pursuit of yet another Israeli capitulation. What if they say, "We will hold them until all Jews are out of Jaffa"? We've seen, sadly, that Israel has few red lines.
25. Good in theory but.....
Raz ,   NYC   (10.16.11)
So the next Gilad will be held for territory, if not territory, then they'll come up with some other demand... conversion? who knows! The way you state it is that terrorism started off with a jailed terrorist, or wait....
26. #15
Jarda ,   Czech Republic   (10.16.11)
Who is your "we"? You are from Canada.
27. Free all prisoners
matan ,   israel   (10.16.11)
90% are commited terorists so thats pretty stupid to let them goo!
28. This is one of the most stupid ideas I had heard
Yossi ,   Israel   (10.16.11)
So you think that a killer must be free and continue killing innocent people?, they must pay for their crimes and for the family of the victims is unfair to let them free. Israel must continue fighting terror not giving it more terrorist.
29. lawfare
Israel Israeli ,   Tel Aviv   (10.16.11)
The lawfare concept was invented by the enemies of democracies to use the justice, laws and civil liberties to destroy democracies from within. Lawfare is particularly clever in supporting terrorists. Depending on the context, treat the terrorists as soldiers or as criminals, whichever is more advantageous. Surprisingly, the man who broke this concept is Obama. Starting with shooting four unarmed men and most recently execution of a US citizen without due process, Obama has shown the only way to defeat the terrorists.
30. #10.Jarda: Remember the Benes decrees!
Tom ,   USA   (10.17.11)
In your vile Jew hatred you forgot the Benes decrees: "Among other things, Benes expropriated the properties of German and Hungarian ethnicity, and paved the way for the eventual expulsion of the majority of Germans to West and East Germany and Austria. The decrees are still in force to this day. Expelled Hungarians and ethnic Germans -whose belonging were stolen by the Czech - deserve restitution and the annulment of named illegal land and property theft.
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