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Israel may be on the verge of swapping a thousand Palestinian prisoners for one kidnapped soldier who's become a cause célèbre.  We look at the dilemma faced by right-wing Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and the possible consequences, both good and bad. Also, a new delay in President Obama's plan to close Guantánamo. On Reporter's Notebook, can a Rhodes scholar play in the National Football League and go to on to become a neurosurgeon?

Banner image: An Israeli demonstrator walks past cardboard cut-outs of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit during a protest outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem, calling for Shalit's release December 21, 2009. Photo: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Making News Administration Short on Money to Buy Thomson Prison 7 MIN, 46 SEC

Today's New York Times reports that the President's effort to close Guantanamo Bay faces a new delay. Democratic leaders in Congress have refused to provide the funds needed to house prisoners in Illinois, and actual transfers may not be possible until 2011.  Josh Gerstein picks up the story for Politico.com.

Josh Gerstein, Politico (@joshgerstein)

Main Topic The High Price of Saving a Single Soldier 36 MIN, 2 SEC

Israel is obsessed with a young soldier kidnapped and held by Hamas in Gaza for more than three years. What is it worth to get Gilad Shalit back? Hamas is demanding release of a thousand prisoners, including a multiple-murder convict supporters compare to South Africa's Nelson Mandela, who might bring political unity to the Palestinian cause. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is caught between the ancient Jewish tradition of rescue and giving the kidnappers a major victory. What are the terms of a potential deal? What are the immediate risks and possible benefits in the long term?

Joel Greenberg, freelance reporter
Yossi Alpher, Israeli consultant and author
Mukhaimer Abu Saada, Professor of Political Science, al Azhar University
Uri Dromi, Miami Herald

Reporter's Notebook NFL's Myron Rolle Chooses Scholarship over Sponsorship 7 MIN, 8 SEC

After star quarterback Michel Vick's prison term for dog fighting, the National Football League is overdue for image enhancement. So, consider Michael Rolle, who in less than three years at Florida State, earned a 3.75 grade-point average and All-America honors as a defensive back. In delaying entry into the NFL to spend a year as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford, it's estimated he gave up $8 million. But he's already embarked on "a one-man marketing experiment" according to Lee Hawkins of the Wall Street Journal.

Lee Hawkins, Staff Reporter, Wall Street Journal

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