There are a number of high-profile Palestinians who were involved in attacks on Israel. I’m surprised they’re willing to release them. This Shalit must be a very important soldier to be worth hundreds of Palestinians, some of whom at least were responsible for terrorist activities and killings.
Also, I'm surprised that Israel's crack intelligence team and army haven't found and rescued Shalit.
And it does seem very excessive. Something gives. What? Is Netanyahu making a statement that one Israeli soldier is valued more than a thousand worthless Palestinian scum? Or in the negotiations, did Hamas keep upping the number to be exchanged by threatening to publicly dismember Shalit and destroy Netanyahu’s career, blaming him for refusing to make a deal to release an Israeli citizen soldier? (It is reported that Shalit has become an icon in Israel as his parents have plead his cause unceasingly since his capture.)
....but hey, do what you want....you will anyway.