In 2007, the Boston Celtics traded 5 players plus two draft picks to the Minnesota Timberwolves, in exchange for one Kevin Garnett, a former league MVP and perennial all-star.   That’s seven young prospects – – enough to field an entire team with reserves – – in exchange for one established, if aging superstar.  I can imagine how Garnett must have felt the day he first arrived at Celtic practice – – something akin to  Julius Caesar returning from conquest.   But, I wonder how the seven losers felt the day they arrived at camp.   No surprise: you have never heard of any them.   In a world where even the worst basketball player is 1000 times better than anyone you have ever met, each of these “talents” was roughly the basketball equivalent of one of Garnett’s limbs.   I am sure the group of seven didn’t see it this way, but, to the world, their athletic value was a joke.

Today, a young Israeli soldier, held captive for 5 years by the terrorist group Hamas, was released in exchange for over 1000 Palestinians, held in Israeli prisons after being convicted of atrocities and other terrorist acts.  1000 for 1.   I know management’s thinking.  Shalit was worth the trade;  He is just that important to the entire organization.    But, why are the Palestinians celebrating?   If you were to judge the images in the streets of Gaza today, you’d think they just got back the Michael Jordan of terrorists.   But, guess what?  These same militants were sent by their mommys, their daddys, their leaders, and their families to kill themselves on the streets of Israel, and to kill as many Jews along the way.   They were sent to die.  Their mothers, currently celebrating their return, never wanted them to come back in the first place.  They prayed for a successful martyrdom.  They literally hoped their children would die.  I assume that their initial reaction to the original arrests was regret and grief – – over the failure of the mission.   And now, these failures get to come home. Don’t let the dancing in the streets fool you: it is a bittersweet reunion.  “We are happy to see you again, but why couldn’t you have successfully killed yourself while executing the will of Allah?”

Here’s one thing I know for certain. If I was one of the 7 Timberwolves, I would try my hardest to prove my value on the court.  In the Jihadist world, that means that many of these dopey terrorists will be back on the battlefield determined to succeed.

Jews around the world, even those conflicted by the awful price, are collectively celebrating today.   Gilad is alive and back on our team.  There is only one reason:  his life is more valuable to his people than a thousand terrorists.  Than a million terrorists.  His role was to defend life; not to take it; and certainly not to take his own life.  His survival is a testament to his courage and bravery.  But, it is also a badge of honor to his people,  who value life above all else. 

I don’t know much about politics and I am glad I never have to make decisions that impact an entire people.   But, as I watch two very different celebrations in the streets of  Gaza and Israel, one celebrating death and murder and the other honoring life and family, I am proud to be on this team.

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Ari is a prominent litigator in New York and New Jersey. He has been featured on CBS Radio’s Wall Street Journal Report, quoted in legal and non-legal periodicals, and has been recognized as a “SuperLawyer” in New Jersey and a "Top Ten Lawyer to Watch" in New York. Mr. Weisbrot is a true “client’s lawyer,” representing a diverse range of clients from among the largest retailers in the United States to smaller local businesses to religious and charitable organizations. Ari was appointed by Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey to a three-year term of service on the Committee on Character. The Committee determines the fitness to practice law of each candidate for admission to the Bar of the State. Mr. Weisbrot also continues to serve on the District Ethics Committee (IIB - Bergen County), which operates under the auspices of the New Jersey State Office of Attorney Ethics. Mr. Weisbrot has been awarded an 'AV' rating for his professionalism and the quality of his legal work from Martindale-Hubbell, the premier directory of legal professionals, and has been selected by his peers as a Super Lawyer. In addition, Mr. Weisbrot has written several articles on commercial litigation, which have been published in the New Jersey Law Journal and the Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. A Former New York City prosecutor, Mr. Weisbrot is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the Urban Law Journal and a featured columnist in the Law School newspaper
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2 Responses to Off-Sides

  1. Shira Ashendorf says:

    Ari – send this in to a few newspapers. It is terrific.

  2. Benjamin Planer says:

    Outstanding, Ari.

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