I'm sure Netanyahu is serious about getting Shalit released - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    But he is not prepared to pay any price for that to happen. Sure he is a hawk, but he's also a statesman who takes Israel's responsibility to protect its soldiers seriously. Further more I believe that the current internal situation in Israel is playing in in more than one way. First of all the value of this particular rabbit is questionable at this time. If Netanyahu was to negotiate the release of Shalit right now it would look like he could have done so at any time and that he chooses to do it now in order to distract from the social unrest taking place. Secondly Hamas is surely aware that Netanyahu is in need of a "win" right now, it is likely that they have become more entrenched in their positions and that this makes it more difficult for the parties to reach a deal that is acceptable to Netanyahu.

    from the article: Report: Israel-Hamas talks on Shalit deal delayed indefinitely
    First published 09:14 18.08.11 | Last updated 09:14 18.08.11
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