Shalit Walks Free, but Peace Is Still a Prisoner


Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit emerged from the desert, pale and wan, and returned home after five years of captivity. Shalit was seized by Hamas, the Islamist faction that controls the Gaza Strip, when he was just 19. While his repatriation was greeted with joy by many Israelis, others balked at its steep cost: the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, some of whom are guilty of committing acts of terrorism in Israel. The prisoner exchange allowed the Islamists to deflect attention, however temporarily, from their misrule in Gaza. Palestinians view...

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