Business as usual?

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has told Lebanese television that negotations are taking place to bring about a prisioner swap. And the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram has reported that, according to high-ranking Egyptian sources, an exchange is set to take place between Israel and Hezbollah within the next two or three weeks.

An exchange of the usual type, two Israeli soldiers for hundreds of terrorists, is the exchange Israel could have had before the war. For Israel to agree to it now would represent another victory for Hezbollah. Israel should insist on an exchange that hands back only those it captured during the latest military campaign.