The lesser of three evils

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

November 4, 2013 15:01
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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