We have been down this road before to no avail. There are new rumors that Gilad Shalit, the captured Israeli soldier, will be released in a prisoner exchange. It is better then an exchange for a video of Gilad Shalit (video). Still, I think these exchanges are a bad idea because they only encourage more kidnapping. This belief has been reinforced by Hamas' offer of $1.4 million for an Israeli soldier. I do hope Gilad Shalit is finally returned home, but I fear this way will lead to attempts to force others to take his place.
"Israel and the Palestinians are close to reaching agreement on a prisoner swap that could mean freedom for an Israeli soldier held for more than three years in exchange for the release of nearly a thousand Palestinian militants.
Gilad Schalit, the young Israeli corporal captured by Hamas in a cross-border raid in June 2006, could be freed as early as Friday, when Palestinians observe Eid al-Adha — a traditional period for amnesties."