in israeli jails are not innocent bystanders like those Syria is rounding up or shooting. they were implicated in planning terror and subversive activity, and many , if freed would renew that. why should israel subject itself to more terror by people who have yet to learn or want to govern themselves. the civil war between hamas and fatah is still in effect. they hate each other and are jockeying to dominate the other. when shalitt is returned, palestinian prisoners could be released on a merit basis, one by one. if they want a state, the palestinians need to start to behave like one, and not a group of pirate thugs like hamas.
U.S. says working on initiative to de-escalate Syria fighting, with focus on Aleppo (Reuters)