I think Israel would be making a mistake to deal for Shalit. It has the following potential negative consequences: 1) It will encourage more kidnapping attempts resulting in Israeli IDF losses and deaths and similar for Palestinians. 2) The released Palestinian terrorists will almost certainly commit more terrorism and Israelis will die at their hands. 3) Israelis will present themselves as stupid negotiators and confirm Arab superiority in negotiating. It will confirm Arab belief that they can wear the Israelis down if they are stubborn enough. No, bite the bullet and let Shalit, if he is alive, live his life out until peace is achieved. The potential for peace will be reduced if Shalit’s return is negotiated. The price for his return is too high. The parents are being incredibly selfish even though one can understand why. It is not right.
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