Obviously the Palestinians have committed repeated acts of war by launching cross-border attacks against Israeli civilians. Avnery thus gives a left-wing blessing to the Cast Lead operation, since it was obviously a legitimate defensive measure taken by Israel against repeated acts of war by the Palestinians. So the difference is now that instead of swapping "terrorists" for Shalit, Avnery says we are swapping war criminals for Shalit. Avnery has no choice but to accept Goldstone's conclusion that Palestinian attacks against Israeli civilians are war crimes. Thus, the Hamas prisoners are war criminals, not prisoners of war. Does Avnery want to send them all to Europe for trial?
Spain investigating ex-IMF chief Rato for fraud (Reuters)
from the article: Shalit wasn't kidnapped