Friday, June 30, 2006

France Sides With Terrorists - Again

France is calling for Israel to release the arrested Hamas officials, fearing an escalation of the conflict:

"" Foreign Ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei said France fears that the situation will "feed an escalation and strengthen the most extreme elements, which is doubtless not Israel's objective."

France does not want the situation to lead to "the weakening and, even less so, the disappearance of the Palestinian Authority," Mattei said.

"The Israelis must be very vigilant about the consequences of their actions," the spokesman said during a regular press briefing, adding that Israeli restraint in the situation "is desirable." "A de-escalation must be started," Mattei said.

Referring to the eight Palestinian ministers and 56 other Hamas officials captured by Israel, he added, "We await the liberation of these political officials."

Freeing Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit would also clearly favor a de-escalation, he said. ""

Notice how they only mention the freeing of Shalit as almost a footnote? This is indicative of world opinion about this current crisis: almost no one mentions the kidnapped soldier, and how Hamas ALONE started this escalation.

Instead, they blame Israel for seeking to defend itself, use its strength, and get its soldier back. Nobody cares about Israelis, they only care about the Palestinians, who root for America to be destroyed and salute Osama Bin Laden. Don't get me wrong, I deplore the conditions that Palestinians are forced to live in, but its the fault of their leaders and their culture and their surrounding arab nations, NOT Israel's actions.

In a nutshell, it seems to me that, in the eyes of the world, the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit is pretty much condoned, while any reaction by Israel is condemned. The world somehow sees it as perfectly ok to demand Israel negotiate with terrorists to release its soldier, when negotiations have always always always favored the Palestinians. To the world, the life of a Jewish soldier isn't as important as the price of oil tomorrow.

To Israel and Jews around the world, to save the life of one person is to save the world. There is no negotiation. That is what Israel is fighting for, and I pray that she wins.

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