Gilad Shalit and the Israeli Prisoner Swap with Hamas

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After five years in the Gaza Strip, a captured Israeli soldier has been returned, and Israel has begun to release more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners. On both sides, celebration is tinged with bitterness. Will the trade improve relations between Israel and Hamas? Has the "Arab Spring" made Egypt a different kind of player? Also, will the Pentagon's dramatic adoption of remote controlled drones change the face of warfare?

Banner image: Freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit (2nd R) walks with (L-R) Defence Minister Ehud Barak, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu his father Naom Shalit at Tel Nof Airbase on October 18, 2011 in central Israel. Photo by IDF viaGetty Images