Shalit and his mates paid heavily for inattention. Hamas has never treated him as a POW and cannot be expected to provide humane treatment. Forgotten by most now, including ivo, is that the original demand by Hamas was for a few hundred women and children prisoners. Olmert chose to conduct attacks upon infrastructure (bridges and powerplant) while mounting sweeps into Gaza in an attempt to rescue Shalit. The intel was faulty and the attempt failed. Since then the price has gone steadily up. Shalit is a hostage, being held for ransom.
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from the article: Carter: Hamas agrees to deliver new Gilad Shalit letter