Cipora, I did not suggest which policy Israel adopt, or what the criteria should be. All I did was suggest that the current practice has been a muddle, and a failure. The current non-policy leads to just exactly the situation we now see. The original 'price' demanded for Shalit was a few hundred women and children. As time has gone on, the price has risen. Yet the pressure on the government (if we may call it that) to respond has also risen. A bad situation for everyone, especially the Shalit family. You need not have a snit over everything Cipora.
Peru forces rescue 54 adults and children held captive by Shining Path (AP)
from the article: Hamas official: No exile for prisoners freed in Shalit swap