De media berichtten uitgebreid over het feit dat velen in Israël de prijs voor de lichamen van de ontvoerde soldaten wel erg hoog vonden, maar volgens Ami Isseroff moet een deel van de prijs nog betaald worden. Niet alleen zal een dergelijke 'gevangenenruil' (waarin Hezbollah de gevangenen en Israël de lijken kreeg) meer ontvoeringen uitlokken, ook Kuntar en de andere 4 vrijgelaten terroristen kunnen zich nu weer met hun oude hobby gaan bezighouden: Joden vermoorden.
The first part of the shameful "prisoner" swap deal is concluded: Bodies to be identified before Israel hands over prisoners. The Hezbollah, of course, never had any prisoners to swap - just dead bodies. The article notes:
"This process exemplifies the IDF's deep moral commitment to making every effort to return soldiers who have been sent on an operational mission," it added. "The process reflects a moral and ethical strength that stems from Jewish tradition, the ethics of Israeli society and the IDF code."
Actually, it exemplifies the stupidity and moral bankruptcy of a system gone bad. In the future, Israel will pay a very steep price for those two coffins. We won't know how steep until the next kidnapping, which was invited by this swap. Meanwhile, the Hezbollah can celebrate a big victory.
As Ha'aretz's Tzvi Bar'el observes:
Hezbollah has been touting the prisoner exchange deal with Israel as confirmation that the Shi'ite militant group ultimately defeated Israel in the Second Lebanon War, but the swap is at least as much of a Hezbollah victory within Lebanon.
"The signatures of Olmert and Peres on the swap means official confirmation of the defeat and failure of the July aggression in the face of the will of the resistance," said Nabil Kaouk, Hezbollah's commander in southern Lebanon.But the swap may be even more significant within Lebanon. Since the end of the war, Hezbollah has been trying hard to prove that even if it was mistaken in its assessment of Israel's response to its abduction of Israeli soldiers, the war had a positive outcome.