Israel Ambassador to Norway, Isaac Bachman, wanted to make a point,but it remains unclear as to what the point was or is. He compared release of Palestinian prisoners, some of whom have been in jail for decades to Anders Behring Breivik who went on a shooting spree that left 77 people dead, most of whom were young people. “The horrors that the Palestinian prisoners did, put it in a Scandinavian understanding, it’s like what happened in Norway with Breivik.” Well, not exactly the same. Most of the Palestinian prisoners did engage in acts of violence. There is no excuse for the use of violence against other humans, particularly when one hurts people for no other reason than a desire to inflict pain. Mr.Breivik is a sick human. He has absolutely no regard for other people because he is lost in his fantasy world of anger toward others based on his nonsensical ideas of racism.
The Palestinians who are being released were, for the most part, individuals who killed or injured innocent people. None is a mass murderer. They were motivated by political ideals. At this time, it is important for Israel leaders to speak calmly and with care how their words will be heard.