An Israeli hero - 5 years in captivity at the hands of Hamas.
Israel's UK Ambassador: At its root, the decision to make the deal was not won by pragmatic arguments or realpolitik. We are bringing Gilad home, and paying the painful price, not because we know that this is the correct strategic decision, but because of our profound conviction that it ought to be. The bittersweet joy of the moment presents a challenge to us all. If this indeed is not a world in which placing supreme value on a single human life is the best course of action, then let us work to make it one.
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Futher reading: Operation Cast lead "An English view"
Further reading: Defence of the Promised land