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Syrian Prisoner Exchange: A Worthy Deal, but a Crooked Path

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28.04.2019

The prime minister’s decision to release two Syrian prisoners in exchange for the remains of soldier Zachary Baumel was a worthy one.

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Prisoner exchanges, including the retrieval of soldiers’ and civilians’ remains, are important humanitarian deeds. We can only wish that a similar deal will come through for the Katz and Feldman families so that they may also receive the remains of their sons, Yehuda and Zvi, who were killed in the Sultan Yacoub battle, and the same for the Oron, Shaul, Mengistu and Al-Sayed families whose sons, both the dead and the living, are in Hamas’ hands.

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The usual public controversy – and similarly the heated exchanges among government officials – depicts........

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