Christian leader regrets Israel-Hizballah prisoner swap

Thursday, July 17, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Israel's decision to conduct a prisoner exchange with Hizballah, just like any other bargain with terrorists, is destined to encourage more violence against the Jewish state, cautioned a top American Christian Zionist leader on Wednesday.

Gary Bauer, who serves on the board of John Hagee's Christian United for Israel, told Christian news agency OneNewsNow that while he sympathizes with the Israeli families who only wanted to get their sons back, he feels that Israel has unfortunately "made a move here that will guarantee more suffering and more deaths and more kidnappings by Israel's enemies."

Bauer went on to blast the international community, which is fond of criticizing Israel over every alleged violation of the rules of war, for failing to take Hizballah to task for using the bodies of Israeli soldiers as bargaining chips and for not allowing its captives to be examined by the Red Cross.

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