Every family in Israel has a potential Gilad and there was tremendous anger at the government for not doing everything it could to effect Gilad's release despite knowing how dangerous it would be to release so many Hamas prisoners. NGO Monitor has called the price Israel will pay for the swap, immoral extortion.
Here is how one mother whose son died in a terrorist attack feels about the swap:
"In Israel, there were some mixed emotions. Yehudit Shahor, whose teenage son Uri was killed by Palestinians in 1995, told Israeli television that 'despite the fear I feel as an Israeli citizen and a terror victim, I am very happy for the Shalit family and feel moved as a mother that this boy will come home.'
"But she said she had no doubt that any killers among the released Palestinians would kill again. She added: 'I will never see Uri again, but Aviva Shalit has a chance to see her son Gilad. And even if this is a tough deal, a living boy must be returned home at all costs.'”Useful links:
Jeffrey Goldberg: The Gilad Shalit Prisoner Exchange
Elder of Ziyon: Is the Shalit Deal Worth It?
Haaretz: How it Happened and Exchange Deal a Victory for Old-Fashioned Israeli Solidarity
JPost: Noam Shalit Says Thank You
Commentary: Netanyahu Had No Choice But to Save Shalit