Funny, Hamas has been saying the same thing.
The Secretary General apparently thinks this is quite a success:
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed today’s long-anticipated prisoner exchange between Israel and the Lebanese group Hizbollah, following months of United Nations-backed mediation efforts.Ban is a tad vague on the humanitarian aspects--was he referring to Hizbollah withholding any information on the status of the 2 soldiers all this time? To their bodies having been mutilated? To a murderer of a 4 year old child being released?
Mr. Ban is “deeply satisfied that the humanitarian aspects of Security Council Resolution 1701 (2006) have finally been met today,” his spokesperson said in a statement, referring to the resolution which ended the 2006 conflict between Israel and Hizbollah.[emphasis added]
Listening to Ban, you would think that the exchange was based on agreement, when in fact it was based on coercion. The fact that Ban sees this as a model for future negotiations is more than a little troubling.
Soccer Dad makes an excellent point in the comments:
Mr. Moon didn't read 1701 very carefully. 1701 calls for the "immediate and unconditional" release of the kidnapped soldiers. That there was a trade for their bodies two years after the fact means that their return was neither immediate nor unconditional.