Israel is poised to free 20 Palestinian prisoners in return for a 60-second video clip showing that Gilad Shalit, held by Hamas these past three years, is still alive. This is necessary, since no-one has seen him since the day of his capture (except, of course, for his captors and guards). This contravenes all international agreements, codes of behavior, and probably laws. Were Hamas to act as international practice demands, there would be constant contact with him, and Israel wouldn't need to free criminals for the mere privilage of knowing he's still alive. Hamas, alas, isn't interested in international law.
Do you think any of this is mentioned in the Guardian's reportage? No? Why not?