Authorities prepare for efforts to disrupt exchange; Shalit's transfer route still not finalized.
It may be wiser to insist on less lopsided prisoner-exchange deals - but right now there's no way the Israeli public will accept that.
Release of Gilad Shalit expected to take place in about a week, along with the release of 479 Palestinian security prisoners, including murderers of three kidnapped IDF soldiers.
It has been 26 years since IDF prisoners were last returned alive to Israel.
Officers on base say women been called up to relieve regular army lookouts so they could get weekend leave and to reduce the stress they were under.
Evacuations are to be carried out by troops brought in from outside; only the commander will be informed of operation in advance.
Unlike previous years, this year MDA ambulances were not stoned or interfered with.
Police meet with Israeli Arab representatives to prevent incidents such as the one in Acre three years ago when clashes erupted between Arab and Jewish residents.
The secular camp has given up trying to present its own interpretation of Judaism for the modern age.
In listing himself as 'without religion,' fiction writer Yoram Kaniuk has exhibited a total lack of imagination.