Friday, July 10, 2015

Two Israelis held hostage in Gaza, but the joke is on the kidnappers

Israeli prisoners can be a valuable commodity for the myriad "terror" outfits operating in Gaza. Gilad Shalit may be the most prominent example; that single Israeli was deemed worthy of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in an exchange that took five years to negotiate.

Perhaps emboldened by the success of that venture,  Palestinians in Gaza are now holding two more Israelis. Alas, it appears the hostage takers may have over-estimated the value of their Israeli hostages. They are Avraham Mengistu, an "Israeli of Ethiopian descent," and an unidentified Arab Israeli.

Obviously, the captors of these prize specimens are not among the sharper tools in the terror shed. One cannot help but imagine the jocularity around the cabinet table as the fate of these "Israeli" hostages is discussed... "how about we offer to free a thousand Palestinians if they agree to take the rest of the Ethiopians and Arabs?"

This will indeed make for some interesting negotiations!

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