A few facts about previous trades (from the Associated Press via Yahoo:
â€¢ 2004: Israel and Hezbollah exchange an Israeli civilian and the bodies of three Israeli soldiers for 436 Arab prisoners and the bodies of 59 Lebanese fighters.
â€¢ 1996: Israel frees 65 Lebanese prisoners for the bodies of two soldiers captured in fighting in Lebanon.
â€¢ 1991: Israel trades 51 Lebanese prisoners for proof that one of its soldiers held in Lebanon is dead.
â€¢ 1985: Israel releases 1,150 Arab prisoners, almost all of them Palestinians, in return for three soldiers captured by Lebanese guerrillas in 1982.
â€¢ 1983: Israel swaps 4,600 Palestinian and Lebanese captives for six Israeli soldiers abducted Sept. 4, 1982 from their forward post in Lebanon. Most of the Arab prisoners had been rounded up during Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon.
According to Wikipedia, the total tally is them 7000, Us 19 plus 8 corpses. As Rabin put it in 1985:
When no military option exists there is no choice but to enter negotiations and pay a price.
Sutnar is a bad man and less anonymous, at least currently, than most of the 7000 that have been traded back. But apparently bad deals are nothing new for Israel.