The reason that the Shalit capture was such a success for Hamas was not due to the prisoner release, although that was the cherry on top. The real victory was the turmoil and tension put upon Israeli society. Israelis became obsessed with Shalit. They protested, sought all manner of international assistance and set faction against faction. This went on for years. This was the real Hamas victory. When there is another capture it will include all the same protest and obsessions and will include arguments on this law as a bonus. If no exchange is ever made and the captured IDF man disappears like Ron Arad then this would be a controversial topic and a controversial law that would entertain Israeli discourse for many years. It goes without saying that the IDF would extract a stiff penalty for the next captured IDF man, but they did the same thing after Shalit was captured. If Israel has taught the Palestinian militants one thing it is not to fear death. The population of Gaza along with poor future prospects insure that there will never ever be a shortage of militants.
Beirut protesters must leave environment ministry, interior minister says (Reuters)