This is a rare instance when the fact that Hamas has captured an IDF man and is holding him captive is considered helpful to their cause by both sides. Getting the UN and the Red Cross, and France, and America, and Egypt, and the Shalit family, and various influential people involved is welcomed by both sides. Noam Shalit is playing his role well.
Car bomb in Syria's Latakia kills at least seven (Reuters)
from the article: Gilad Shalit's family: Red Cross has been a complete failure