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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 22.12.09 | 05:32 (IST)

    Either captives should be redeemed immediately, or the policy - an immutable policy - must be that they are NEVER redeemed. If Gilad Shalit had been redeemed for the ORIGINAL demands of Hamas, the price would have been 250 women and children. Because Israel chose to launch Summer Rains the price went up. After Cast Lead the price is excruciating. Lesson: Make a deal early, the price will only go up. And IF Israel choses to NEVER make ANY deal to redeem ANY Israeli citizen, then ISRAEL must be willing to NEVER violate that decision. Tough choices. One is easier than the other. It will be very hard for ANY Israeli PM to tell the parents of a captive that they will never see their child again. And so I suspect that Israel would better make a deal quick. Olmert chose to invade Gaza - and it was a fiasco. Later he chose to launch Cast Lead and the cost of redeeming Shalit increased exponentially. The Israeli right turned a quick deal into a national crisis.

    from the article: Hamas official: No exile for prisoners freed in Shalit swap
    First published 03:07 22.12.09 | Last updated 10:26 11.01.10
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