All, The US doesn't negotiate for military prisoners. Consequently, there aren't a lot of kidnappings. The Olmert and Netanyahu administrations have played the Shalit situation better than the Hezbollah situation. Let Hamas huff and puff. It's people are getting tired of the seige which could be ended with 5 words from Hamas: 'We accept the three conditions' 1. Recognition of Israel's right to exist 2. Renunciation of violence 3. Acceptance of previous signed agreements - 2005 Rafah Agreement for opening border crossings. Egypt has repeatedly said they would immediately open the Rafah crossing based on the Rafah Agreement but Hamas refuses, preferring mass unemployment for its people. The choice is Hamas. Even Europe called for implementing the Rafah Agreement.
Firebomb thrown during demonstration in northern Israeli town of Umm al Fahm (Haaretz)
from the article: Al-Hayat: Hamas ready with final response on Israel's offer for Shalit