20.10.2011 22.Tischrei. 5772 Schmini Azaret
There are good historical reasons to suspect hidden motives behind the prime minister's U-turn on the Shalit deal.
Benjamin Netanyahu is good at explaining, but has difficulty deciding. When he finally makes a problematic decision and attempts to explain why he did so – he only adds to the worry: In whose hands is the State of Israel, and where is he leading it?
When engaged in lengthy bargaining, one occasionally tends to become mired in the details and to fall in love with minutiae. True, the forest has burned down – what can you do? But a certain iconic ancient tree survived and became a symbol. On the one hand, hundreds of murderers will indeed be freed, but on the other, Israel's adamant demand that they be transported to freedom by bus and not train was accepted….