During the past four years, the price Hamas has asked for Shalit has changed, but one thing has not changed. From the beginning until this day, Shalit has never once been worth the price. Israel's leaders hoped that Hamas would view Shalit as an over ripe melon which they must sell at a bargain price before it becomes entirely worthless. This bargain hunting viewpoint may have served Israel on other occassions, but not in this case. Currently Israel's leadership is not willing to pay a higher price for Shalit than they could have gotten him for years ago. This is not a good sign from Shalit's viewpoint. Israel is right about one thing. Everything has a shelf life.
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