Josef Federman of the Associated Press, in a story on the peace process, offers this aside:
The fate of the roughly 4,000 prisoners held by Israel is one of the most emotional issues for Palestinians. They are generally seen as heroes — even when their crimes have involved killing Israeli civilians.
Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir killed civilians in 1948 and later became prime ministers. Ehud Olmert was prime minister when he authorized the killing of civilians in Gaza. Ehud Barak was a former prime minister when he did the same. Tzipi Livni was a government minister when she justified the killing of civilians. Some of these people are heroes in Israel. But in our media, the sword only cuts one way.