Swapping so many terrorists for one soldier is a serious mistake for the Israelis do make. It proves to Hamas that the Knesset is a bunch of cowards that will cave in to whatever pressure the people exert. If GS is worth about 1100 prisoners, then the ordinary Joe Schmoe is worth about a hundred. So, anytime Hamas wants some leverage, all they have to do is kidnap some ordinary citizens from among the Israeli population and make their demands known. What will be next? Will Hamas behead those victims when they don't get their demands met? If this swap comes off, it will doubtless be a blessing for the Shalits. But, at what cost to Israel?
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from the article: Israel cabinet approves Gilad Shalit prisoner swap