Hamas Urged to Capture More Israeli Soldiers

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Thousands of Palestinians celebrated the release of 477 prisoners in Israel, Tuesday.

The mass release was part of a prisoner swap that freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who'd been held captive by Hamas for five years.

The deal will ultimately release a total of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.

Hamas organized the celebration, which turned into a show of strength for the militant movement.

The crowd urged the group to seize more Israeli soldiers for future prisoner swaps.

Many see the prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas as the most lopsided switch in history. Was it the right decision?

For more on this, CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck spoke with Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren.  Click play to watch.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the freed Palestinians that they will be punished if they return to violence.

Several of the released prisoners were convicted for some of Israel's worst terrorist attacks.

Most of the prisoners were sent to Gaza. The remaining 127 are now in the West Bank.

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