Friday, December 04, 2009

Israel: Gilad Shalit - Israel and Hamas close to deal

Arutz Sheva cites the Egyptian al-Shuruk newspaper that a deal between Israel and Hamas for the release of captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit is “almost final” and should be completed within the next two weeks.

According to the report the deal is being held up by consent by Israel’s government on the names of a thousand Arab prisoners – 450 of whom are currently serving long prison sentences – scheduled to be released in exchange for Shalit.

A Gaza source told the newspaper that the deal was also being delayed due to Israel’s demand that a large number of prisoners who hold senior positions in the terrorist hierarchy be deported from the Israel following their release.

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