“One for One”: Time to Change the Rules on Shalit, Father of Terror Victim Says


ron-kehrmannFor five years, Israel has practically begged Hamas to accept hundreds of terrorists in exchange for the return of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. Hamas has consistently refused to make a deal, and has just as consistently refused to budge even one inch from its opening position, demanding the release of some 1,400 terrorists in exchange for Shalit.

It’s time for a new approach, says Ron Kehrmann, father of Tal Kehrmann, who was killed in 2003 when terrorists bombed a bus she was riding on in Haifa. And as one who has lost a child to terrorism, Kehrmann has paid his dues.

“It’s time to tell Hamas that previous offers are off the table. Gilad is one individual soldier, and in exchange they can have one terrorist,” says Kehrmann. “And as hard as it is for me to say, I would be willing to trade the murderer of my daughter for Gilad.”

Kehrmann made his views known in an op-ed piece he wrote on the Hebrew Yediot Achronot website over the weekend, in which he sharply criticized the ongoing criticism and pressure on the government to release masses of terrorists for Shalit.

“Noam Shalit declared last week that ‘the Prime Minister does not have a mandate to murder Gilad,’ but if I recall, he does have a mandate to protect the citizens of Israel,” Kehrmann wrote. “Is it not clear that submitting to terrorist demands will cost us many lives, as doing so in the past has?”

Speaking to Arutz 7, Kehrmann said that “when it comes to Gilad Shalit, we have two options – the logical or the emotional response. And in the past, following the emotional response has cost Israel many lives.”

The article was among the most popular Yediot ever put on its website, garnering over 1,200 talkback responses to the article – “97% of them agreeing with my point of view,” says Kehrmann.

“It’s surprising in a way, because we hear so much about the ‘public concern’ over Gilad Shalit – and we are concerned. But this article shows what happens when you allow the people a free voice,” which Israelis definitely do not have right now. The media has been swamped with propaganda about freeing Shalit, but the people are not fooled. They realize what is being asked of them – to put their lives and their family’s lives in ever greater danger, as hundreds of terrorists go back to their former profession.”

The one prisoner in exchange for Shalit plan is a viable alternative to the current situation “where Hamas is basically in control of the situation. Two governments have been involved in negotiating for Shalit, and they have both conducted negotiations in the same way: always compromising with their demands. If we tell Hamas that they get one prisoner, they will be the ones under pressure, and then we will have broken what has clearly been a failed negotiating policy,” says Kehrmann. “Hamas is too comfortable; it is time to put their feet to the fire a bit.”

Of course, it’s possible that Hamas will respond differently – perhaps by conducting a public execution of Gilad. But Kehrmann doesn’t think so. “They’ve kept him alive for five years for their own interests, and Israel’s changing its negotiating tactics will not change those interests,” he says.

What about military action as an alternative to freeing Gilad. “Absolutely necessary, and in fact it was a big mistake not to make sure to release him during Operation Cast Lead. We in Israel are leading the world war against terror, and we cannot allow ourselves to be intimidated by terrorists.

“If Israel does not stand up to terrorism – and if Israel adopts the defeatism of the Shalit family and releases over 1,000 terrorists for one soldier – “then we are endangering the lives of every man, woman and child in Israel,” Kehermann says.

“I was always one of those who said ‘it won’t happen to me,’ until it did,” he says. “Now I wonder if Tal would still be alive if I had been more vocal before about not submitting to terrorism. Now all I have left of her is the website where I keep her memory alive.” That site is www.tal-smile.com.

Read more at Arutz Sheva.

{Arutz Sheva/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. For some reason my filters won’t allow me to open the site, just the vagaries of k9.
    May the family have ongoing nechama from all the acts of kindess and good done in Tal’s memory, and be mechazek others, and may no other parents have to go through this again.

    Let us continue to daven for Gilad ben Aviva.

  2. Its unfair to judge the Shalit family, but freeing thouands of criminals for his release is asking for more abductions and more terrorism.

  3. Why even one????
    If someone robs your house chas veshalom, do you call the police to chase them down and punish them for their crime – or offer them payment for what they stole?? Why is this any different??? Why should they not only pay NOTHING for their crime but even GET PAID for it?????

    Israel should say that if they don’t immediately free Shalit NONE of their 1000+ wanted prisoners will ever see daylight!!!

  4. be prepared for MORE SUICIDE BOMBERS as they are led free proving to them that terrorism pays as they get freed \
    hold yourselves in for more terrorism to go on & by then it will be too late to stop them from happening. ONLY TO HASHEM can we turn to for true help. for one that has Faith & trust in Hashem Lacks nothing. (a pasuk in Tehillim chapter 34)

  5. I don’t understand why only offering one terrorist puts Hamas’ feet in the fire. Hamas will always have the upper hand here; they can kill Shalit at any time, and everyone knows that. No matter what you say or do to them, that is the trump card they hold.
    Hamas has never been bothered by “what the world will think if we do this and that.” (Unlike Israel, which is always bothered by it.) Hamas will do whatever it thinks will further its cause. So far, that means keeping Shalit alive in the hopes it will lead to the release of prisoners. When that hope is gone, why should they keep him alive? I’m not saying I agree (or disagree) with releasing hundreds or thousands of terrorists for him, but what will it help Shalit to only offer one?