Should the U.S. release prisoners in exchange for our soldiers?

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
In this undated image provided by the U.S. Army, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl poses in front of an American flag.
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Now that U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is out of Taliban control after spending nearly five years in captivity, there's growing concern about the strategy of prisoner swaps.

Amos Guiora, professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, wrote about the issue for The New York Times. He was a judge advocate general in the Israel Defense Forces during a release of Palestinian prisoners.

From his NYTimes piece:

Did making the exchange make Israel stronger strategically? In the context of not giving into terrorist demands the easy answer is "No." But instead of accepting that black and white dichotomy, Israel has taken a more nuanced and somber approach of a more mature society.

While Israel must stand steadfast in the face of terrorism, reinforcing the bond between soldiers and the state also enhances Israel strategically, even if the cost is terrorist attacks committed by those released.

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