Brain Bush’s Blog

Prisoner Release

  • By : Brian Bush
  • August 1, 2013
  • 6:03 am

Hello Everyone,

The Israeli media is still focused on the upcoming prisoner release to the Palestinians.

The release of Palestinians held in Israeli jails is a sensitive issue for several reasons.

But it appears that the bigger picture for the State of Israel is taking precedent.

Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu's remark that entering the process (of releasing prisoners during the peace negotiations) serves Israel's strategic interests.

It is curious that the Prime Minister did not say that peace is a strategic interest, or that an interim agreement is an interest.

'Strategic interests' is being largely being interpreted as protecting Israel from Iran achieving a nuclear bomb.

Yesterday, another strategic think tank projected Iran will have a bomb by mid 2014.

Mr. Netanyahu is making the prisoner release deal look as painful (and there is no doubt it is) to both him and the Israeli public as possible.

This is because Netanyahu wants to have the cooperation of the US, Europeans, and the rest of the international community in order to maximize his security demands.

There is no understating that this release is a difficult thing for Netanyahu, particularly in light of the fact that he criticized previous governments for doing the same.

This will get him leverage with the Americans in applying legitimacy towards a military strike against Iran.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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