It is possible that a deal has been stuck with Hamas, which will not cause problems for Netanyahu, that is, a stage by stage release of prisoners rather than a one time huge release. I wonder what the next stage will be? Israel gets this or that for more prisoner release, say, the Hamas politicians it holds. Either way, Israel made a mistake in allowing Shalit's capture and should cut its losses to get him back. It will ultimately give Israel more freedom of action in the future.
Law expanding definition of terrorist activity passes first Knesset reading (Haaretz)
from the article: Gilad Shalit in video: I've been longing for my freedom for a long time