The number of terrorists [to be exchanged for Gilad Shalit] is less important than their potential for resuming terrorist activity.”
(Communicated by the Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon commented on several current issues in the course of a weekend lecture in Rishon Letzion.
Gilad Shalit: "We must do everything we can to bring Shalit home, but without hurting Israel’s security interests. The number of terrorists [to be exchanged] is less important than their potential for resuming terrorist activity."
The flotilla to the Gaza Strip: "Retrospectively, the Israeli action to stop the flotilla was correct and created deterrence and the possibility to impose heavy international pressure, which included placing responsibility on the states from which future flotillas might originate. In fact, no more flotillas have arrived, due to international pressure and Israeli deterrence."
The Gaza Strip: "Strategically, Israel must take the initiative. Economically we must break off from the Gaza Strip insofar as electricity, water and sewage are concerned. Israel must concentrate its efforts on preventing war materiel from being smuggled into Gaza."
The peace process: "It is the radical axis of Iran, Hizbullah and Hamas that is sabotaging [the chance for] peace."