As things are now Hamas cannot release Gilad Shalit. He is their only insurance policy against total annihilation. Once Gilad Shalit is out of Gaza, the real bombardment can begin. Israel needs to feel that they have no need to eliminate Hamas. That will only come about with a genuine peace deal. Hamas does not intend to make peace. So what’s Israel to do? They must embark on a mission to arrest/kill every single meaningful member of Hamas, until the group is no longer able to function. Then Hamas can decide if they want to rule Gaza at peace with Israel, or disappear. Will this release Gilad? Maybe, maybe not. But it will eliminate Hamas as an enemy.
UN agency warns school may be delayed for Palestinian refugees due to lack of funding (AP)