Israel and Hamas are reportedly close to a prisoner swap deal that would bring home captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, thanks in no small part to his soft-spoken family's efforts to mobilize public pressure for his release.
Two soldiers whose remains were part of a prisoner swap with Hezbollah were eulogized Thursday amid ongoing unease over the exchange and questions about balancing family interests with those of the state.
Critics say the deal, which they see as lopsided, could embolden Hezbollah.
Israel's cabinet approved a controversial prisoner swap of 'terrorists' to recover two soldiers abducted in 2006.
Supporters see hope in printing a tale in which enemies make peace.