Thank God, Gilad Shalit, the young Israel soldier has finally been released.
After 5 years of being held by his palestinian kidnappers, Gilad was exchanged for 1,027 palestinian terrorists.
It's a good thing it happened when it did - Gilad appears to have been treated less than well, and very likely wouldn't have survived the conditions of his incarceration for much longer, in contrast to the very, very humane conditions under which the 1027 palestinian terrorists were kept. Had young Gilad died, the palestinians would not have had such a valuable bargaining chip, and they knew it - that's why they finally agreed to the lopsided exchange.
You may be wondering - What did Gilad Shalit do to deserve his capture, and subsequent incarceration?
The answer is simple, at least to any veteran, such as myself: He contributed to the defense of his country, by serving in the IDF, the Israel Defense Force.
In glaring contrast, the palestinian terrorists, more than deserving of their punishment, perpetrated horrific acts of wanton violence against Israeli men, women, and children, out of a profound sense of hatred for the Jewish people.
Once again, Israel gives more than a thousand times what she receives in international dealings with thug-mentality heathens.
When will the world wake up and see what is really happening in the Middle East? When will the world come to the defense of the only democracy in the Middle East, Israel - Israel, who is surrounded by theocratic arab countries bent on her destruction?
God bless Israel. The land, and the people.