The right decision, 1,027 times over

Hamas may claim victory, but Israel’s decision to release over a thousand prisoners in exchange for a single Israeli soldier has shown the strength of the covenant between the government and the soldiers it conscripts and the value the Jewish State places on human life.

By ALEX RYVCHIN
October 17, 2011 17:21
4 minute read.
Noam and Aviva Schalit

Schalits leave Jerusalem 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

 
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It is one of the most challenging decisions a leader could ever make.

Should one man be saved even if his freedom means that his nation is put in danger? Can the state’s responsibility to punish acts of terror be fulfilled if the perpetrators are allowed to escape justice? Is it better to give Noam and Aviva Schalit their son or to give closure to the thousands of Israelis who suffered at the hands of the Palestinian prisoners? What is the value of a single human life?

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