The High Price of Saving a Single Soldier

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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?




Warren Olney