Overheard on CNN.com: It’s a proud day for Israel
The parents of freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit camped out in front of the Israeli prime minister's office for more than a year.
October 18th, 2011
12:27 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: It’s a proud day for Israel

Comments of the morning:

“This is a great day to be Israeli. We will never rest until we save even one life. We believe in life. We do not believe in murder and killing innocent people. That is the difference. May the Palestinians start believing in peace and life. May we have peace one day between Israelis and Palestinians." - jewishcowgirl

“How many Israeli officials have participated in the planning of operations that killed Palestinians? How many of those Israeli officials are in jail? None.” - timeOday

One for 1,000

Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was captured by Hamas in 2006, is home now after Israel agreed to release 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. The lopsided number has created some controversy, but there is wide support for the deal in Israel.

What did CNN.com readers think of the swap? Most praised Israel for saving a young man’s life; they said the move demonstrated how much Israel values all human life. Other readers condemned the Palestinian releases, saying they are all terrorists. Some defended the rights of Palestinians.

bigbadbernie said, “The point is not the 1:1000 ratio, it’s that in a professional military force it is good to know that no one is left behind and you can go into harms way with that knowledge and be more effective. That is the stuff that makes a great nation and separates them from their enemies.”

IsraeliStude said, “I do want to say that finding out Gilad could watch TV and knew about the support of his parents and the public shows Hamas had at least some compassion. There is hope after all!”

ModGOP called it “A prime example of how the Israeli government actually cares about their own people!”

AmitAtlanta said, “This deal makes no sense. All talk of how much Israel values a life falls on deaf ears knowing fully well Palestinians are ready to give up their lives/their children’s lives to kill even a Jewish owned mouse! The Israeli action only emboldens the hostile world community to charge that the much maligned Israelis have far more innocent Palestinians rotting in their prisons and emboldens the Palestinians to continue with their kidnappings of Israeli soldiers.”

sugarnspice said, “This deal would not happen in any other nation on earth, ONLY IN ISRAEL does the entire nation consider Gilad to be their own son, ONLY IN ISRAEL would people come to refer to Gilad's parents, Noam and Aviva, by their first names, ONLY IN ISRAEL would people remember a lone soldier, not because of his fame, but simply because he was one of theirs.”

ChefCHEESE said, “It’s a great day for Gilad and all the other prisoners who can go back home after years.”

Guest said, “It's not easy to set free 1,000 terrorists, but one Israeli boy is worth even 100,000 of them! The important point is that Israel will NEVER leave its soldiers behind. and this is why the people in Israel supports this deal.”

oferbz said, “The fact that Israel is swapping one soldier for more than a thousand terrorists, shows the world how much Israel values life itself, unlike the Hamas who sends its people to suicide bomb missions.” AntiZioNazi1 responded, “Caring after 5 years? Wow !”

Anatile said, “Welcome home Gilad. We love you. Only the people in Israel understand how much life is precious . You are definitely worth 1,000 people, even more. I'm very proud to be Israeli citizen today.”

DanJones said, “I wonder how long it will take for Hamas or Hezbollah to kidnap the next ‘Giliad Shalit’ and how many they will kill in the process?”

lho said, “Anytime you trade 1,000 of anything for 1 of the same thing.....whether you know anything about the items in question, there is absolutely NO doubt that the one thing is worth at least a thousand times more than the 1000 things. Sorry. No way around that.”

pupplesan said, “The question remains unanswered within the article. The real answer is twofold: first, Israel knows that many of the people it has imprisoned are innocent and second, obviously, there is an unspoken element of religious elitism involved here.”

silvery1261 said, “Let’s face it. This freed Israeli soldier is not a teenage schoolboy who was kidnapped in his home. He is an Israeli soldier trained to kill, fully armed and in army uniform. He knows the risks and he wasn't in this to distribute flowers to Palestinians or candy to the kids. Why is it so hard for Israeli supporters to admit this fact? Granted that one can take the view that his job was to protect Israeli civilian society, but so were the liberated Palestinians who fight the mightiest army in the Middle East to protect their civilians as well.”

Do your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Troll La La

    Don't think they tell them that they go to heaven if they die for their country, either, sport.

    October 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tom

    To silvery1261 : Schalit was in Israeli territory protecting Israeli's from Palestinians infiltrators. The truth is that Hamas illegally entered Israeli territory to kidnap innocent Israeli's. Hamas does not distinguish between soldiers and civilians. They try to murder any Jew that they can. They was absolutely NO justification in holding Schalit hostage. Many of the Palestinians in Israeli jails were convicted murderers of innocent harmless civilians. Israel should NOT have released these terrorists. They will just murder AGAIN.

    October 18, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. the prophet

    A political compromise rendered this possible, among these members released also are covert members of the Israeli intelligence unit to spy in Palestine.

    October 18, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tom

    The Israeli government has agreed to release hundreds of properly convicted Palestinian terrorists in exchange for one illegally kidnapped Israeli soldier. The convicted Palestinian Terrorists were tried in courts, given full legal due process and were then found guilty. They deserved to be in jail. Some of the released terrorists will almost certainly try to kill again. However, Shalit was inside Israel, while Palestinians illegally entered Israel. The world must realize this GROSS distinction.

    October 19, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Luke Imaim

    Why would Israel, a country that is so deeply driven against dealing with terrorists especially Hamas the Palestinian extremist party that governs the Gaza Strip make a completely one sided trade favoring Hamas? Israel compromised it previous stance on dealing with Hamas and other extremist groups by giving in to the trade of one Israel solider Gilad Shalit who was imprisoned by Palestine for one thousand and twenty-seven Palestinian prisoners of Israel. I feel as if Israel did not only compromise its previous beliefs and stance on dealing with Hamas, but gave them the upper hand by releasing many Palestinians who were serving life sentences in Israel jails. One news article states that Israel gave up Nasser Iteima, who was the leader in a bombing of a hotel on the eve of Passover killing 30 and injuring 140, will be released in this trade. Now on the behalf of Israel, I can understand wanting to save one of your own, but to the extent for one person, seems almost crazy. In total all the Palestinian prisoners that will be released have killed six hundred Israelis in total. Nasser Iteima is not the only bomber or terrorist in this trade. Many influential and actives in Hamas were released and now are walking around free to create even more problems for the people of Israel. Israel has tried to take two steps forward in making this trade agreement, but in reality I think that Hamas is going to use this trade to their advantage and create more destruction than creating peace between Israel and Palestine.
    Tzipi Livni is the leader of Israelis opposing party Kadima, and carries out views of a large portion of the country’s population. Tzipi Livni understands and agrees with the importance of life and that bringing back Gilad Shalit will spark excitement in 2011, but feels different for the future. Tzipi Livni feels and I agree that the release gives Hamas and Palestine an advantage for the future that well set back Israel is this deep heated and long lasting conflict. Shimon Peres the current President of Israel, pardoned Palestinian prisoners before the release. The problem that I come to along with opposing party leaders such as Tzipi Livni and other Israelis, is the President looking past the countries strong policy of dealing with terrorists organizations. Peres and other political leaders’ decision to let these prisoners go has compromised years and years of staying out of and away from compromises with terrorists. I feel not only has Israel as a whole compromised it beliefs in this exchange, but also made Hamas and Palestine stronger which could lead to many more years of conflict.

    October 30, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
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