"of the Pals, by showing kindness and releasing Gilad. This would strengthen their position in the eyes of the world and the Pals. A simple human gesture? Why not?" Of course you are right. But if you see it from a palestine perpective people are taken to prisons every day. Sometimes because they cross the street in a bad moment. Of course they can let Gilad Shalit free. I'am sure he doesent mean anything to Hamas. But whats with the thousands of people in Israel prisons who are often not allowed to speak to their family too ? You come back to the question: Why must things be done anyway ? Why not doing peace. But surely we can not answer it hear and now. And lets just say the attack on Gaza with some thousands dead 90 % civilians - that doesent really help to his release.
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from the article: Gilad Shalit video / Footage with full English transcript