he knows that he cannot justify the blockade on Gaza if HAMAS didn't have an Israeli Prisoner of War. Consequently, like he lies to the Americans and Europe about being serious on establish a two state solution, he is lying to the Israeli people about why he has been unable to reach a deal to free Shalit. Notwithstanding the problems to Israeli PR if Marwan Barghouti (who many see as Palestine's Nelson Mandela) is released and able to talk to the western media. Netanyahu could have Shalit at home today, he chooses not to for short term political gain.
UN: Gaza could be 'uninhabitable' by 2020 if trends continue (AP)
from the article: And if thousands of prisoners go free?