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  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's agreement on the prisoner swap shifted Israel's focus "on much more troubling fronts - in distant Iran and in the Arab revolutions around us," a journalist wrote. (Associated Press)

    Israeli prisoner swap may be prelude to attack on Iran

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to execute a 1,000-for-1 prisoner exchange this month despite his frequently voiced opposition to such lopsided deals is seen by several Israeli military commentators as an effort to "clear the deck" before possibly undertaking an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.


  • Released Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit (second from right) walks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (second from left), Defense Minister Ehud Barak (left) and Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz at the Tel Nof Air Base in southern Israel on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Israeli Defense Ministry)

    Israeli prisoner swap may be prelude to attack on Iran

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to execute a 1,000-for-1 prisoner exchange last week despite his frequently voiced opposition to such lopsided deals is seen by several Israeli military commentators as an effort to "clear the deck" before possibly undertaking an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.


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