Israel Likely to Exchange 450 Prisoners Hamas Has Requested...PLUS an Additional 530 as a "Goodwill Gesture" to the Palestinians in Exchange for Gilad Shalit...
When was the last time the Palestinians offered a "goodwill gesture" to Israel?....
Jerusalem - Israel would likely release 980 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped by Hamas more than three years ago, the State Prosecution said Sunday.
The government is likely to free the 450 prisoners that Hamas has asked for in exchange for Shalit, as well as an additional 530 prisoners, as a 'gesture to the Palestinians', the State Prosecution said in response to a petition submitted by a group of bereaved parents.
'There is a possibility for the release in principle of about 450 prisoners whose names are being delivered by Hamas, and whose release is being examined in detail in accordance with different considerations and based on rationales of security and values,' the statement said.
Regarding the additional 530 Palestinian prisoners, the prosecution said that 'the list of these prisoners has not been formed yet and no criteria have been set on this matter.'
While I am extremely desirous of Gilad Shalit's release (I have been praying for it for years) I don't understand the 'wisdom' of exchanging a righteous soldier for terrorists and murderers. And hundreds of them? If someone can explain it to me, I'd be grateful.