VIDEO - The Shalit family's campaign and its supporters has now received a counter-response. An animation clip recently uploaded to YouTube, entitled "Gilad Shalit Waiting for an Operation," presents the supports of a prisoner swap deal to secure the release of the Israeli soldier held in Hamas captivity as playing into the terrorist group's hands.
The Facebook users who chose to show their support for the soldier by adding a badge on their Facebook profile picture are also the targets of ridicule in the animation clip. They, along with characters with "Tel Avivian" characteristics, are also accused of harming efforts to release the soldier.
Representatives of the Almagor Terror Victims' Association sent out a link to the video on Monday, but it remains unclear who is behind the clip itself.
At the end of the clip, its authors wrote, "Like the majority of the Israeli population, we pray for the speedy return home of Gilad Shalit. We are proud of the solidarity being shown by the Israeli public, the massive caring being displayed by the country's residents. This is true proof of the mutual responsibility that characterizes our people and its willingness to take action and provide support in times of crisis."
However, the authors explained, "Each and every one of us must ask himself whether some of this support actually promotes Shalit's return, or whether it merely worsens the situation, pushes off his return, and weakens Israel against the enemy. In order to bring Shalit back, it is necessary that we understand the rules of the game in the Middle East as they really are, and not as we would like them to be."
In conclusion, the animators wrote, "The four long years of Shalit's captivity indeed prove that we must re-examine our course of action until now. However, they do not obligate Israel's surrender, of all things, to those interested in its destruction and receiving all of their demands. Such surrender is liable to be an eternal source of trouble that will cost much innocent blood."
Two weeks ago, Hamas posted a video on YouTube showing two armed and masked men next to images of Gilad Shalit taken from the video clip of the soldier released a year ago.
In the video, one of the men is waving a rifle in his hand, while the other takes some papers and objects out of his bag. At a certain point, the screen goes black, and the words "Will the mission be completed?" are written across the screen. At the end of the clip, the sound of a weapon being cocked and gunshots are heard.
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