Hamas said it won the war and forced Israel to retreat because it couldn't wipe out Hamas.
It agree to a three-day ceasefire that was supposed to end this installment of the on-going Israel-Gaza wars but when Israel refused to surrender to its demands, the terrorist group let the pause expire and resumed firing rockets and mortars into Israel. Naturally, the renewed violence was all Israel's fault, a Hamas spokesman said, because the Zionists wouldn't meet Hamas's conditions.
Editor's note: Earlier this year Rabbi Hammerman discussed the ethical implications of exchanging terrorists to save the life of an Israeli soldier. In light of the dramatic news of such a deal emerging from Israel he is revisiting that issue this week.
Q – Is the release of Gilad Shalit worth an exchange of a thousand Hamas prisoners, including some who have blood on their hands and could well kill more innocent Israelis (and others)?
A consultant and former aide to Democrat David Weprin, who is running in a special election to succeed former Rep. Anthony Weiner, received a threatening voice mail saying "your says are numbered," according to the New York Observer. The paper's political blogger, Azi Paybarah, said he heard the message after it was forwarded to him by the consultant, Mary Simon, a former finance director of Weprin's campaign.