With this exchange of prisoners, perhaps Israelis - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Smadar
    • 23.12.09 | 06:03 (IST)

    believe that there is a momentum to move forward with finalizing peace negotiations within 2010 and Hamas and factions would refrain from any violent resistance and instead work on reconciling with Fatah. To suggest that these released terrorists would once again resort to bombings would be grave to all parties concerned with the conflict. So it seems many Israelis in the poll are conflicted with the exchange but they have reason for hope to a more positive outcome than another war in the region. Nothing here is definitive but certainly the symbolism of Shalit's captivity effects all IDF soldiers, hence the cardboard cutouts of many Shalits in Jerusalem protest. What's interesting is that we are not hearing from Hamas as to what's going to be the outcome after such a critical prisoner exchange. That's the least they could do. We know that sanctions upon Gaza would be lifted in consequence as well.

    from the article: Is it easier to divide Jerusalem or free terrorists?
    First published 01:57 23.12.09 | Last updated 08:46 23.12.09
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