The core test of a civilization: how well does it treat its prisoners of war? Sam Roggeveen:

The images of a gaunt and weak Shalit, reportedly suffering from malnutrition and lack of exposure to natural light, contrast with images of the first group of Palestinian prisoners released in exchange for the Israeli soldier's freedom. I know from talking to former Palestinian detainees in the past that Israeli prisons are hardly holiday camps. But that only serves to underline how appalling the conditions that Shalit endured for over five years must have been.