Negotiation over the 2 Hizballah captives are already going on. Will be tough going because Hizb will also insist on Palestinian prisoners being released as part of the package. Hizballah got that from Sharon in the Tennenbaum deal. If Hizb also throws in Shalit, the Palestinians' release will be more palatable for Israel. And on the other hand, Israel refuses to exchange prisoners with Hamas. The Egyptian idea is to fake it so that Shalit will be released first, and a while later Israel will release Palestinians; these releases will "look" unrelated. (But you can't fool all the people all the time.) So far, Hamas is refusing the fakery. But if Shalit is part of the Hizballah deal, all will be released simultaneously, and it will "look" better for Israeli eyes. Note that Hizballah probably kidnapped the soldiers in order to help the Palestinians. It will be a comfortable act of divine justice if all are released together.
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