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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Gilad Shalit
A Hamas spokesman said abducting Israeli soldiers and using them to barter for the release of militant fighters is the heart and soul of the group's operations, and they would not stop, no matter the political pressure.
Thank you for running the article "Israel envoy: Outlook for peace talks not 'particularly bright,' " (Web, Oct. 25), which notes Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren's criticism of the Palestinian Authority's celebration of terrorists and refusal to rejoin peace talks.
For five years, the image of captured soldier Gilad Shalit returning home has been the national daydream in Israel, engraved on T-shirts and bumper stickers and graffiti in every town and hamlet in the country. Now that it is actually about to happen, that daydream is seen to be embedded in a nightmare
Republican presidential contender Rick Perry said Tuesday that the decision of Palestinian leaders to seek statehood through the United Nations is proof that President Obama has badly mishandled the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.
Thousands of Israelis campaigned for the release of a sergeant who was taken captive by Palestinian militants, and arrived on Thursday in Jerusalem.
Israel on Monday dropped its long-standing restrictions on allowing consumer goods into the Gaza Strip but retained tight limits on desperately needed construction materials, redefining the rules of its heavily criticized Gaza embargo on the eve of the Israeli prime minister's trip to the White House.
Bombs targeting Iraqi officials and al Qaeda foes killed at least five people Tuesday and wounded more than 13 in separate attacks in Baghdad and beyond the capital, officials said.
"I am disappointed. It is a terrible feeling to learn that the prime minister gives in to international pressure without taking our son into account," said Noam Shalit, whose son Gilad was captured by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups on June 25, 2006.
Mr. Shalit told parliamentarians that by easing the blockade the government had given away a means of applying pressure on Hamas, the Islamist rulers of the Gaza Strip.