Releasing the murderers will just encourage even more terror - stages or no stages. I know what the Shalit family is going through, but Israel is in a life and death struggle : capitulation to Hamas is not the way to survive. "Original thinking", to use Herzog's phrase , is a road to disaster - it is just an euphemism for appeasement to terror. Instead, Israel should return to the way it used to react to terror . It seems to me that Israel has let itself become way too soft.
Law expanding definition of terrorist activity passes first Knesset reading (Haaretz)
from the article: ANALYSIS: To free Shalit, Israel must avoid arrogant declarations