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  •  So you be joining the (0+ / 0-)

    resistance - When?

    They might not have to sell it... Regardless, this is up to the Palestinian people in the territories.

    A survey published this week by Khalil Shikaki's Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research shows that 63 percent of West Bank residents feel secure. According to the data, if presidential elections were held today in the West Bank and Gaza, Abbas would get 54 percent of the vote, while a Hamas candidate would get only 38 percent.

    and:

    At the same time, Hamas is behind in the polls for both the presidency and the parliament. But for now, no one is worried, for the simple reason that the movement has no intention of allowing elections any time soon. The only development that might affect the impasse is the completion of the Shalit deal, which would give a tremendous boost to Hamas' popularity. Maybe then the organization will agree to talk about elections and reconciliation with Fatah.

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Today just keeps getting worse for you - eh Chris?

    Some times you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by volleyboy1 on Fri Dec 18, 2009 at 04:19:20 PM PST

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    •  Is that why (0+ / 0-)

      Netanyahu is not bringing Shalit home?

      Those who hear not the music-think the dancers mad

      by Eiron on Fri Dec 18, 2009 at 04:20:27 PM PST

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      •  You that is another interesting issue (0+ / 0-)

        I thought for a long time that was key.... and if my son was captive I would want him brought home. But lately because of Hamas' crowing about what a victory it would be, I am not sure that it would be the right thing right now.

        But their (Hamas') yapping away might be the undoing. Who knows? Just today I saw they were leaning towards taking the deal after Israel just blew them off.

        But yep that is a big factor in not bringing Gilad home. I would bet.

        Some times you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

        by volleyboy1 on Fri Dec 18, 2009 at 04:29:57 PM PST

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        •  Agreed (0+ / 0-)

          posturing and positioning on both sides. You know what a IDF "Hannibal" codeword operation is?

          This is the reason

          Those who hear not the music-think the dancers mad

          by Eiron on Fri Dec 18, 2009 at 05:10:02 PM PST

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          •  Yep I do (0+ / 0-)

            Right here:

            http://www.haaretz.com/...

            But that policy was abolished.

            Here is something on it:

            In the summer of 1986, three senior officers met at Northern Command headquarters and drew up one of the most controversial operational orders in the history of the Israel Defense Forces. The three were the head of Northern Command at the time, Major General Yossi Peled, the command's operations officer, Colonel Gabi Ashkenazi (now the deputy chief of staff) and the command's intelligence officer, Colonel Yaakov Amidror, whose last post in the army before retiring was head of the National Defense College. The order they formulated had to do with the rules for opening fire in cases in which soldiers were being abducted: "During an abduction, the major mission is to rescue our soldiers from the abductors even at the price of harming or wounding our soldiers. Light-arms fire is to be used in order to bring the abductors to the ground or to stop them. If the vehicle or the abductors do not stop, single-shot (sniper) fire should be aimed at them, deliberately, in order to hit the abductors, even if this means hitting our soldiers. In any event, everything will be done to stop the vehicle and not allow it to escape."

            http://www.haaretz.com/...

            Some times you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

            by volleyboy1 on Fri Dec 18, 2009 at 05:14:32 PM PST

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