Thursday, June 28, 2007

A Year of Captivity

A year has passed since Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev were kidnapped by Hamas and Hizbollah terrorists. In violation of human rights conventions, not to mention common decency, besides holding them illegally, the terrorists have not permitted any contact with family or even visits from the International Red Cross.

In large part, earlier prisoner exchanges set the stage was set for these abductions. After initial statements demanding the unconditional release of these men, the situation is no longer clear.

The mistakes of the past should not be repeated. Every release of terrorists merely leads to additional attacks.

With the complete takeover of Gaza by the Hamas terrorists who abducted Gilad Shalit, Israel has leverage it did not have before. There is an unambiguous address to which the following message should be sent:

Unless Gilad Shalit is safely back in Israel within one week, the supply of gas and electricity by Israel to Gaza will be completely shut off.

For humanitarian purposes, Israel will not prevent food and medicines from being transported into Gaza and hospital patients may be transferred to Egypt.

Israel has no obligation to provide services to a terrorist entity pledged to its destruction and illegally holding its citizens hostage in violation of international law.

Ehud GoldwasserEldad RegevGilad Shalit
These photos are on the Keren Maor Foundation web site. Please sign their petition for the release of Ehud, Eldad and Gilad.

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