The faxt is, Shalit could be free since some months now, if the Israeli government had not revoked its support for the exchange, reached in long and difficult negotiations. There can only be one explanation for Netanyahu vetoing the done deal: A captured Shalit, providing an excuse for blocking further progress on the road map, is more valuable for the premier than the small success from exchanging the soldier with Palestinian prisoners! The sad truth is, only the huge propaganda value of freeing Shalit by force would trump his use as a scapegoat for the political blockade of the peace process. So, the unfortunate pilot, and his depressed family, have become mere pawns in a cynical plot where the secret goal is to delay any two state solution indefinitely. And this will only change if the voters finally force this irresponsible government to resign!
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from the article: Hamas: We won't let Red Cross visit Shalit