With apologies for the families, if Olmert suceeds in ending the 400 to 1 exchanges like the last one by Sharon, that is a huge step forward. The entire concept of placing different values on the lives of Arabs versus jews is disgusting and repugnant. It makes it worth the wait. I can see the families point of view that any price is worth paying for a family member. But if we give up 450 prisoners to get back Gilad Shalit, then they will keep taking soliers, one at a time until the prisons empty out. Only by standing tough and trading for a very small number of prisoners will we show the enemy the futility of kidnapping to resolve these issues. Clearly our failure to get rid of 9 Lebanese priosoners as we apparently promised is the reason the 2006 kidnapping and subsequent war happened. Shame on us and kudos to Olmert who I generally don't support for standing tough and changing the rules of the game. It also shows that Nasrallah NEVER cared about the Pals. They need to know this
World Jewish Congress: Nazi train treasures must go to rightful owners (Reuters)
from the article: ANALYSIS: Hezbollah chief has sights set on making 'the big deal'