Another Propaganda Gift From Israel
What I do know is that everytime Israel does this, the result is a propaganda victory for the Palestinians. Not only does Israel not get any brownie points for releasing prisoners, but the Palestinian Authority inevitably announces "disappointment" with something-or-other related to the release. Meanwhile, predictably, the prisoners are greeted with all kinds of jubilation that even the Israeli press picks up.
Why does a country give a propaganda victory to its sworn enemies and get nothing in return? Beats the hell out of me.