### Brutal Calculus, Part One: What Price Freedom?

Last week, Hamas -- the terrorist group that governs the Gaza Strip -- released a video of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier they kidnapped three years ago. They did this in return for the release of 20 Palestinian prisoners.

They say that they will release Shalit if Israel will release 1,000 more prisoners -- many of whom are convicted in helping to kill Israelis.

This sets up a simple economic formula: One video of an Israeli is worth the freedom of 20 Palestinians. The life of one Israeli is worth 1,000 Palestinians.

So, by that logic, for every Israeli killed, Israel should kill 1,000 Palestinians.

That sound ugly and inhumane? I agree. But that's the exchange rate Hamas has set.

And while the precise rate has fluctuated, it has always been that Israelis are worth far, far more than Palestinians -- even dead Israelis. A few years ago, Hezbollah traded Israeli corpses for live Palestinians.

So when terrorist apologists accuse you of putting more value on the lives of Israelis over Palestinians, just shrug and point out that the Palestinians themselves have been saying just that for years.

### Comments (5)

Logical. Unfortunately log... (Below threshold)
jbinnout:

Logical. Unfortunately logic escapes left leaning terror apologists. Still a great point to make.

On the other hand, they've ... (Below threshold)
epador:

On the other hand, they've been saying one suicide bomber is worth tens, or a couple hundred, of dead Israelis for a long time too.

Palestinians have already d... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Palestinians have already demonstrated that blowing yourself up even if you kill no Israelis is a valuable deed. So based on that calculus a Palestinian life has a value approaching zero. Therefore a single Israeli life would be worth an infinite number of Palestinians.

Don't blame me for this. It's the Palestinians who have so degraded the value of life.

I have no problem with geno... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

I have no problem with genocide when it involves a people that have a mindset that so devalues human life.

It is a cold brutal calculus when lives are in the balance, but the bottom line is what do they value more than life? Seeing dead Jews, so screw them all.

The irony is that prior to ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

The irony is that prior to the division of the Palestinian Mandate into Jordan, Trans Jordan and Israel there were no Palestinians. They were considered as Arabs. Only afterward did they establish an identity around their victim-hood.

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