"The agreement requires that all "entities" involved in a peace process renounce violence, but the Taliban will no more do that while under foreign occupation than the United States will do so while occupying. This is not a serious plan to leave. Nor is it a plan based on Afghan sovereignty, numerous claims to the contrary notwithstanding. This is a treaty for more years of war, on the model of the Bush-Maliki treaty for Iraq, but with the difference that theirs included an end date."
"To the Palestinian leadership, the prisoners have made an even more poignant point: do not forget us. While the leadership has always paid lip service to the cause and plight of the prisoners, it is only now that the case is back at the forefront of its agenda. The leadership has also been reminded that the struggle is not just about negotiations and diplomacy. The struggle has returned to the purity of its beginnings, when its strength came from its simplicity: release the prisoners who are fighting for independence, reject the occupation and fight for freedom at any cost."
"...let’s put aside the criticism at least until families are reunited with their loved ones. In any case, it is good to believe that nothing is forever. Today, Israel has dictated that some of our men and women cannot go home. Tomorrow, when Palestine is free, they will be welcomed back with open arms....The swap is not perfect. But no political deal ever was. At the simplest, most human level, it is enough to rejoice that so many of our prisoners will be free from Israeli captivity. That in itself is enough to be thankful for."
"...the most moving scene by far was of Palestinian refugees living in the squalid camps of Syria and Lebanon marching on the barbwire borders with Israel, Palestinian flags raised high above their heads. In Majdal Shams in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, throngs of Palestinians and Syrians breached the border, hugging and kissing their occupied Syrian compatriots from whom they have been separated for 30 years. “Long live Palestine!” they yelled as they embraced. “Welcome home,” others cried. “You are free.”
"...experience has been that the loudest and most irrational voices that constantly demand that media function as their tool in pursuing so-called “Islamic terrorists” are closely linked to Israel and the US State Department. Indeed, the proliferation of right-wing think tanks that operate with access to unlimited funds from US/Israeli foundations and endowments are committed to get a buy-in from the rest of the world to their deliberate propaganda."