As we approach the five-year mark of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit’s abduction by Hamas, Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff tell you today in Tablet Magazine everything you need to know about his capture, the futile efforts to get him back, and the colossal place he occupies in Israel’s psyche. “Israel has handled the issue ‘worse than a used cars salesman,’” an Egyptian official tells them, and given the hundreds and hundreds of prisoners, several of them believed to be exceptionally dangerous terrorists, that Israel would need to release in order to secure this one living soldier, it is difficult to dispute that. What is far more difficult to agree on—so difficult that even these two authors don’t—is whether the deal would be worth it.

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