The lesser of three evils

November 4, 2013 15:01

Once it made the mistake of agreeing to bribe the PA, freeing killers was Israel’s least bad option.

Palestinians in Ramallah hold prisoners' pictures

Palestinians in Ramallah hold pictures of prisoners 370 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)

Kudos to Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz for having the courage to tell the truth when lying would have been much more convenient: Freeing Palestinian murderers, he said, is less strategically damaging than freezing construction in the settlements would be.

This isn’t because the costs of freeing murderers aren’t appalling; they are, and the government should never have agreed to pay such a price to resume “peace talks.” But having made the initial mistake of bowing to Washington’s dictate that it pay the Palestinians one of three outrageous bribes – agreeing in advance to a border based on the pre-1967 lines, freezing Jewish construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, or freeing 104 of the longest-serving Palestinian prisoners, whose lengthy sentences reflect their heinous crimes – Steinitz is correct that freeing prisoners was the lesser evil.


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