Ynetnews.com reports on a bounty being put up for Israeli soldiers by a Saudi cleric:
A week after the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, top Saudi cleric Dr. Awad al-Qarni is offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who kidnaps Israeli soldiers....
"The press reported that the Zionist settlers will pay huge amounts of money to whoever kills the freed Palestinian prisoners," al-Qarni said. "In response to these criminals I declare to the world that any Palestinian who will jail an Israeli soldier and exchange him for prisoners will be rewarded with a $100,000 prize," he wrote on his Facebook page.
Al-Qarni's post has already received more than 1,000 likes and extensive coverage in Hamas-affiliated newspapers in Gaza.
Al-Qarni is a famous Muslim cleric who often guests on TV shows and operates his own website where he discusses various religious law issues. The Palestine-Islam issue is particularly close to his heart.
Israel's ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, explained this morning at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast that liberating Gilad Shalit from Hamas was "redemption." As Dave Cook reports:
[Oren] argued that the trade which secured Shalit’s release “goes to the heart of Israeli society, the relationship between the state of Israel and Oren served in the Israel Army, as did all of his three grown children. He argued that the trade which secured Shalit’s release “goes to the heart of Israeli society, the relationship between the state of Israel and the army of Israel.” In Oren’s view, there is an unwritten social contract between the two. He summarized it by saying, “We the people of Israel go out and fight the battles that you the government send us to, with the understanding that should anything, God forbid, happen to us, if we fall captive or worse, the state will do everything in its power to secure our release. It is on that basis that we go to battle that we send our kids out to defend us.” ...
Oren acknowledged the dangers of such swaps. “Now you can’t say it is without risk,” he said. One concern is that “Hamas is going to redouble its efforts to try and kidnap Israeli soldiers,” Oren said. He noted that was something the group that controls Gaza has tried “practically on a weekly basis.”