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March 16, 2011

What do you think for Gilad Shalit ?

Are you afraid of a new Middle East from ?

Do you have a girlfriend 😀

Hi,

It’s a terrible thing to say, and don’t get me wrong, I do care about the guys safety and how this has impacted Israeli society, but the truth of the matter is he’s a prisoner of war. He is the definitive declaration of war and it’s on going status quo we have many of their men and they’ve had many of ours. It’s a cold hard fact and one we all wish we could change but…

On a more personal note, my heart goes out to him; he’s been in captivity with no contact from the outside world for 4 years now. This was an 18 year old kid that was captured and has been spent his young life not knowing whether he will ever kiss his mother or hug his father and brother again. It’s an incredibly emotional story one which is unfortunately used by politics.

To your second question. I believe your question was if I was afraid of the new Middle East in formation. Well regardless this is the question I will respond to. Hosni Mubarak was a good ally of Israe. He and the Israeli government were able to maintain security in this small little neck of the woods.  What I only hope is that the democratization of Libya, Egypt and Tunisia is a real process and not one which may be undermined by extremist movements or separatist elements which may divide these countries down a violent axis. Civil war is a great fear because only the most well trained and well equipped wins such a war and these types of groups are in general not prone to a democratic process. I think Israel and Egypt will retain their ties if their new government is smart. Israel and Egypt thus far have provided each other with a good status quo. It is uncertain what the future holds. But I truly wish these countries a peaceful transition into new free societies and truly believe that if these transitions are successful they can only generate positive outcomes in the region.

And to your final question: yes I have a girlfriend.

Lior

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