It is unfortunate that Hamas' intransigence in the matter of Gilad Shalit, reflected in its continued and most recent refusal of International Red Cross requests for evidence that he is still alive, has left Israel little choice but to impose limits on the privileges of Palestinian security prisoners.
In the absence of even the most minimal decency by Hamas regarding Shalit, together with the fact that the international community has done little to secure his release, new approaches have become necessary.
Israel's exemplary record in giving wide latitude of activity even to the worst of security prisoners responsible for shedding the blood of innocent Israelis is now being re-examined. The Prime Minister has made clear that basic prisoner rights must be and will be maintained. However, areas beyond that will be examined and curtailed.
This should be a wake-up call for international and human rights organizations. Concerted and continuous international pressure on Hamas to release the Israeli captive, now held for five years, must become a priority. Absent that, Israel will continue its search for effective steps to free Gilad.