Gilad Shalit and the Rising Price of an Israeli Life

(New York Times Magazine) Ronen Bergman - Mossad official David Meidan, Prime Minister Netanyahu's representative in the Shalit case, said that he believed the Egyptian-mediated channel established between Israel and Hamas for the negotiation could perhaps be used for other deals, and that from a point of total mistrust in April, a fragile mutual trust had been built between the two parties after the Shalit deal. This fragile optimism, of course, will die immediately if one of the released prisoners takes part in the killing of Israelis, a fate that some intelligence officers say is inevitable. For now, though, 80% of Israelis supported the Shalit deal, and will until another soldier will take Gilad Shalit's place in Israel's collective conscience.

2011-11-11 00:00:00

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