All sorts of highly moral reasons given for Israel to have made the recent prisoner swap with Hamas. The fact is that there was massive resistance among Israelis to make the swap, which is why it took five years. The message sent to the IDF is, if they are captured and held captive, Israel will dither over the issue for years before making a decision. This article makes a silk purse from a sows ear, but we all know better, don't we?
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Hostage-taking in French town ends, hostages safe (AP)
from the article: The slippery slope of prisoner swaps