A year ago today, Israel agreed to release 1027 prisoners, in exchange for the release of Gilad Shalit, who had been held prisoner by Hamas. for 5 + 1/3 years. He had been captured as he was patrolling the southern border of Israel. The 1027 prisoners were responsible for the murders of 569 Israeli civilians. 79% of Israelis approved of the deal, with 14% opposed.