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Euphoria mixed with anxiety in Israel over swap

AP reports:

JERUSALEM — Israeli euphoria over a deal to free a soldier held for five years by Hamas gave way Wednesday to growing anxiety that the swap for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, some of them convicted of murder, could lead to new violence.

When Israelis first got word Tuesday night of the deal to free Sgt. Gilad Shalit, they erupted in spontaneous celebrations. But that joy was tempered when they learned that about 300 Palestinians convicted of killing Israelis would be among the 1,027 released in exchange.

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Israeli President Shimon Peres, right, hugs Noam Schalit, center, the father of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit, as his wife Aviva looks on, at the President's residence in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 12. Israeli euphoria over a prisoner swap deal to free a soldier held by Hamas militants for five years gave way on Wednesday to a growing anxiety that the release of 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, some of them convicted of murder, could lead to a new round of violence.

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Palestinians celebrate a deal that will see Palestinian detainees freed in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit on October 12 in Gaza City.

Abed Al Hashlamoun / EPA

Palestinians demonstrate in support of Palestinian prisoners held in the Israeli jails, on October 12 in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Mohammed Salem / Reuters

Palestinian women take part in a rally calling for the release of their sons held in Israeli jails, inside the headquarters of the International Red Cross in Gaza City October 12.

Mohammed Salem / Reuters

Members of Hamas national security forces patrol a street as they celebrate a prisoner swap between Hamas and Israel, in Gaza City October 12.