In the 2011 Gilad Shalit deal, in which Israel released over a thousand terrorists to secure the release of the captured soldier, a sizable number of the Hamas terrorists who took part in the atrocities on Simchas Torah as well as in other prior terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria were also freed.
The issue of a potential captive exchange deal is dividing Israeli society now that over 150 more Israelis are in the hands of Hamas. Some Israelis support the families of the Hamas hostages who are pleading with the government to work out a deal for their loved ones, while others argue that the main objective must be the destruction of Hamas, even at the expense of hostage lives.
In a meeting with the hostage-taker families on Sunday, Prime Minister Netanyahu made a commitment that returning the hostages to their families would be one of the operation’s strategic aims.
However, some hostage-taking parents have stated that they would prefer that no bargain be made with terrorists and that Hamas be completely destroyed, even if doing so would be detrimental to their own children’s well-being.
Rabbi Zvika Mor of Kiryat Arba, whose son is being held by Hamas, is one such person. Speaking on Channel 14 of Israeli television, Mor insisted that the country must come first in times of conflict.
He cited the Rambam, who warned that thinking about one’s spouse and children while at war will make one less determined to fight, and remarked that even though he loves his son, his country comes first. Mor declared, “We have been called to the flag; sacrifices must be ready.”
The other participants on the show were impressed by Mor’s statement that “I’m willing to give my son; I was preparing all my life for this,” and one of them even hugged him and remarked, “The salvation of Hashem can come in the blink of an eye.”
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