By Khalid Amayreh
The latest prisoner swap deal between Israel and Hezbullah
is a healthy indicator that at least some Arabs are
beginning to understand the depraved Zionist mentality, and
act accordingly. Such mentality is based on arrogance,
insolence, and religious and ethnic superiority.
Israel, a country whose collective mindset views non-Jews
as virtual animals or at least lesser human beings, had to
face a new enemy, an enemy that will not be scared by
overwhelming brutality, but one that will meet Israel’s
state terror with toughness, resilience, valor and
This is a new reality that Israelis, especially Israeli
leaders, have yet to come to terms with, especially
This explains the deep frustration that is apparent in the
tone of Israeli leaders reacting to the latest swap deal,
especially the fact that Israel has been forced to release
the Lebanese guerilla Samir Kuntar.
Israel, utterly ignoring her own countless murderous sins,
has come to view Kuntar as the prototype of the ultimate
terrorist as if the tens of thousands of Jewish murderers
and terrorists who have enormous amount of innocent blood
on their hands were the Lord’s angels of love and mercy.
Indeed, if Israel were a normal state, and its people a
normal people, it would have adopted an honest and just
approach toward its neighbors, an approach that would not
discriminate between “blood and blood” and “life and life.”
Undoubtedly, such an approach would have saved thousands of
lives, Jewish and Arab, and spared the region and its
peoples decades of pain and suffering.
But then Zionism would be losing its face, mind and heart,
and would morph into something entirely different.
Unfortunately, it is probably futile to preach morality to
Zionism, a manifestly demonic movement which experience
shows is not capable of behaving morally and humanely.
Well, let us examine some of the statements and remarks
Zionist leaders have been making with regard to the latest
swap deal with Hezbullah.
Shimon Peres, the hero of the Qana massacre of 1996, who is
now Israel’s President, has been quoted as saying that “We
don’t want murderers to go free, but we have a moral
obligation to bring home soldiers whom we sent to defend
Peres also reportedly said that “my heart is torn over the
decision to pardon Kuntar,” adding that his decision to
that effect “in no way constituted forgiveness.”
Certainly, no one , Arab or otherwise, is particularly
infatuated with what Kuntar did in 1979, although the
Israeli army then was at least partially responsible for
the killing by the Lebanese guerilla of three Israelis,
including a paramilitary policeman, a man and his daughter.
The three lives, like numerous other victims, Arab and
Jewish, would have been spared had the insolent Israeli
military establishment behaved wisely.
After all, Kuntar, and his friends who were killed in that
rescue operation, didn’t come to Israel to kill and shed
blood but to force Israel to release Arab prisoners.
Non the less, one is prompted to ask difficult questions,
questions that most Israelis don’t like to hear let alone
answer, but when confronted with, they either seek to evade
or prevaricate and quibble in their answers.
Who has killed more innocent people, Shimon Peres or Samir
Kuntar? Who has more blood, including children blood, on
his hands, Shimon Peres or Samir Kuntar? Who has inflicted
more terror, suffering and death upon innocent people,
Shimon Peres or Samir Kuntar?
If honesty is to be the ultimate arbiter among men, then
one can’t escape the inescapable conclusion that it is mass
murderers like Peres, Ariel Sharon and other Israeli
leaders, dead or living, who really need forgiveness for
their horrible crimes against humanity.
In fact, Israelis should be reminded on this occasion that
a Presidential post, a business suit with neck tie, and the
ability to speak eloquent sound-bites in several languages
and have audience with statesmen and VIPs from around the
world, don’t really transform a criminal into a true human
A criminal is a criminal especially if he refuses to come
to terms with his crimes and if he refuses to apologize to
his victims. Needless to say, Peres has done neither.
But then criminals are not concerned about their sins.
One elderly Israeli woman interviewed by the Ha’aretz
newspaper lashed out at Hezbullah for having refused until
the very last moment to tell if the two Israeli prisoners
were dead or alive.
“It’s the saddest day for Israel. They kept us waiting
until the last second to learn the fate of our sons,” the
woman was quoted as saying.
I certainly sympathize with the woman at the personal
level. However, I would want to ask the Jewish lady why she
thought that Jewish lives were worth more than non-Jewish
I also would like to ask her what she would tell the
mothers, families and relatives of thousands of Arab
prisoners who have been languishing in Israel’s dark,
underground dungeons since 1967?
We are talking about POWs and MIAs and other ordinary
people whose families have no way of knowing if their
beloved ones are dead or a live? Aren’t these “forgotten
prisoners” human beings, too? Are they children of a lesser
Unfortunately, most Israelis, thoroughly self-absorbed and
self-centered, don’t like to be asked such questions lest
their superiority complexes and collective psychosis be
Finally, the latest prisoner swap shows that Israel only
understands the language of cold realpolitik which is by
definition immoral and coercive.
For Palestinians, who have more than 10,000 of their
beloved ones languishing in Israeli concentration camps,
the message is very clear: If you want to get Israel to
release your beloved ones, take Israeli hostages and swap
them for the Palestinian captives.