children to the army: 5 years was too much for Guilad and his family. We send our children with the clear knowledge that he will not be left behind, either wounded or as a prisoner. This is very simple. The numbers - some would say exaggerated - simply reflects the value: 1000 is what Guilad is worth. In fact, probably he is worth more than that!
from the article: Israel and Hamas are both winners and losers in Shalit swap deal