NY Times views Gilad Shalit's release as prelude to gloomy future for Israel

Ethan Bronner, the Jerusalem bureau chief of the New York Times, has a lengthy analysis in the Oct. 13 edition about the likely portent on major players in the region of Hamas's decision to release Israeli Sgt. Gilad Shalit ("Israeli-Hamas Agreement to Trade Prisoners May Reshape Politics in Region" page A6). Bronner starts off by stating the obvious:  "The prisoner exchange between Hamas and Israel that is expected to begin next week could reshape regional relationships, strengthening Egypt, Hamas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel while posing an acute challenge to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank." Quite correct.  Egypt gains from its successful mediation between Hamas and Israel. Hamas gains by getting credit for the release of Palestinian prisoners.  Netanyahu gains by clinching the return of Shalit, whose sad fate had mesmerized Israelis across the entire political spectrum.  The big loser is the Palestinian Authority and its...(Read Full Post)