Olmert - facing more criticism
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, already under criticism for the handling of last year's invasion of Lebanon, faces more discontent over his plan to release 250 Palestinian terrorists.
Under the proposed deal, the terrorists would no longer be considered wanted by the Israeli government if they agree to cease their terrorist activities for three months.
In the first place, who in their right mind would take a terrorist at his word?
Secondly, even if they could be trusted to uphold their end of the bargain, he's talking about a mere three month hiatus. After which the terrorists, presumably, could maim again.
Many Israelis are appalled by this proposal. But sometimes its best to, not listen to the multitudes. Rather, the voice of one solitary opponent who can carry even more weight.
In this case, Olmert should be listening to Chana Bart, who is confined to a wheelchair because of a terrorist attack.
In a letter to Olmert, Bart wrote, ""I ask you, Mr. Prime Minister: Just because I was successful in remaining alive, therefore those wicked men who shot me should be released? I am bound to a wheelchair, and they should be able to walk around free and happy?"
It's a question the prime minister should answer. In person. And publicly.
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