In the debate on the prisoner exchange for the release of Gilad Shalit, many Israelis identify with the suffering of the Shalit family and feel a duty to return a captive soldier, while others feel anger over the release of murderers who slaughtered hundreds of Israelis.
Symbolism has also received a lot of attention, but the issue that has been shoved aside in the debate - and it will surely be raised in Monday’s petitions to the High Court of Justice - is the risk posed by the prisoners being set free.
The last time a possible deal on Shalit came to a head, in December 2009, the chief of the Shin Bet security service at the time, Yuval Diskin, argued that a massive release of terrorists into the West Bank would severely affect Israelis’ safety. Meir Dagan, then the head of the Mossad espionage agency, said such a deal, the one on the table, would hand a victory to the “opposition camp” in the Arab world. ...
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