In an attempt to put pressure on the Hamas leadership in Gaza to release Gilad Schalit, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation this week approved a bill that, if ratified, would take away some of the amenities enjoyed by Hamas terrorists currently incarcerated in Israeli prisons, including many captured by the IDF during December 2008-January 2009’s Operation Cast Lead. No longer would these inmates be allowed to enjoy the cultural edification of multi-channel cable TV. Nor would they be permitted to pursue a higher education through Israel’s Open University. Access to books and visits by relatives might be curtailed. Prolonged isolation of prisoners is also being considered.Gilad Schalit is the Israeli soldier who was kidnapped by Hamas from Israeli soil about four years ago and remains hidden by Hamas without being allowed contact with the outside world during that time.
The Israeli bill should be enacted, sooner rather than later. It will not free Gilad Schalit, but it will salve the wounds of Schalit's absence.
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