Filed under: opinion, politics, religion | Tags: morality, pidyon shvuim, posted by ronShapiro, Prisoner swap
You don’t have to take an AP Calculus class to understand that 204 is way larger than 2. So why would Israel “trade” 204 terrorists (199 dead, 5 alive) including living murder mastermind Samir Kuntar for 2 (dead) captured soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev?
By straight numbers, Israel is giving 102 times as many people as Hezbollah. Hezbollah is also getting 5 living terrorists that could contribute to many more murders in the future. When looking at the numbers, it seems like this “trade” is WAY lopsided.
But this equation is not 2=204. It is 2+morality=204. Israel is a country that prides itself on treating their soldiers and the parents of soldiers the right way. These soldiers fought for THEIR country and deserve a proper burial. The parents of the soldiers deserve to know the status of their children.
Israel just completed a mitzvah commanded in the Torah, pidyon shvuim (return of captives). Although it is not a country solely run by the religious book, the government takes religion into consideration every day. The exchange that happened over the summer was not a necessarily a “trade” but rather a “swap.” The addition of morality and mitzvot can not be overlooked.
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