At least he is alive and one can hope that he returns someday. Other parents lose their sons or daughters in the war with Gaza; never to rerturn. The fact is that Shalit is a prisoner of war, but alive and could return someday. Israel could also pay a ransom, but so far the price has been too high. In my opinion the bad actors in this drama are the parents (aside from Hamas). The parents ought to shut up and accept the fact that their son is a prisoner of war. The more pressure they put on the Israeli government, the higher will be the ransom when there is an exchange, the less the chance there will be an exchange, and the greater the chance that Hamas will attempt to kidnap or murder someone else's son or daughter. Shalits: you are keeping your son in a Hamas prison; not the Israeli government. Just keep quiet!
Police arrest 16-year-old female Palestinian who tried to stab them in Jerusalem (Haaretz)
from the article: Peres: I'm convinced Gilad Shalit will return home alive and well