I intended to write a detailed blog post about the release of Gilad Shalit and the consequences of the prisoner swap in return for this kidnapped Israeli soldier. But again the bias of elements of the British media dictate a change of focus.
That said it is wonderful that this young man is free again after being held hostage for so long and denied visits from the Red Cross. But that said, Israel has just turned free a battalion of hardened terrorists who will resume waging death and destruction as soon as they can.
One wonders if those people who constantly accuse Israel of of human rights violations and mistreatment of Palestinians stopped for one moment today to compare and contrast the sight of the malnourished Gilad Shalit who has been violently kidnapped, with the fit and healthy Palestinian terrorists and criminals who has been arrested and put on trial before being sentenced. One measure of a people is how it treats those in its prisons, and the Palestinians prisoners have clearly been well looked after.
The scene underlined the sheer inhumanity of Hamas. Yet here in the UK, the BBC and the Guardian, both of which publish so many stories that portray Israel in a negative manner while turning a blind eye to the viciousness and violence of Hamas, this was ignored.
Meanwhile, as Gilad Shalit was explaining how he hoped this exchange would help to bring about peace, the people responsible for snatching him from inside Israel and mistreating him for the last five years led the crowds in Gaza and the West Bank in chanting:
“The people want a new Gilad!”
And less than a week ago Khaled Mashal, Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau, told the media:
“Those released will return to armed struggle. It is a great national achievement.”
You will not find either quote anywhere on the BBC or in the Guardian. They don’t want to show the true nature of Hamas, for whom they act as cheerleaders and propagandists.
Peace was what Gilad Shalit and many Israelis continue to hope and pray for. But violence, terror and death is all Hamas are interested in as they pursue their aim of destroying the nation of Israel and driving the Jews out of the Middle East again.
Peace seems as far away as ever, and the BBC and Guardian will do their best to ignore the evidence in front of them to lay the blame for that at the door of Israel. It is hard to feel anything other than utter disgust.