Egyptian Sources: Shalit Swap Talks Have Resumed


gilad-shalitThe negotiations aimed at securing the release of captive Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit have resumed, Egyptian sources told Haaretz today.

Shalit was captured by Gaza militants in a cross-border raid in 2006. He has been held by Hamas, the rulers of the Gaza Strip, for over four years. Hamas have demanded the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails in exchange for Shalit’s freedom.

The renewed negotiations are being conducted with the help of a new German mediator as well as the Egyptian intelligence, the sources said. No breakthrough has been reported, but the efforts are ongoing.

The Gaza-based Palestinian website reported significant advances in the talks on Sunday, especially surrounding the names of the Palestinian prisoners whose release Hamas is demanding. According to the report, the talks have been undertaken in secret, under Egyptian auspices.

Israel has displayed more flexibility regarding the prisoners it is willing to release, the website reported. In the past, negotiations have broken down over specific prisoners whom Israel was unwilling to free.

The negotiations have been frozen over recent months following the failure of the previous German mediator to achieve a resolution.

{Haaretz/ Israel}


  1. WHATS THE PRICE? THOUSANDS of more terrorists released GET READY for THOUSANDS of more suicide bombings & tons of deaths R”L ALL FOR 1 SOLDIER too bad this is the way israel works & trades, sorry NOTE: this is what Klal Yisroel gets when all these Tzaros Happen & we don’t wake up to do Teshuva Especially now right after Yomim Nora’im & Elul.
    be prepared for more bombs from them and rockets from gaza as they capture more soldiers to release more muslim prisoners. ISRAEL IS NOW PROVING THAT TERRORISM PAYS
    hold yourselves in for more terrorists to go on & by then it will be too late to stop them from happening. ONLY TO HASHEM can we turn to for true help. for one that has Faith & trust in Hashem Lacks nothing. (a pasuk in Tehillim chapter 34)

  2. Everyone in Israel must hold the view that one day in the future Gilad Shalit will be released in peace and safety. With the correct moves such a reality will come about. Sometimes it is difficult to see the woods from the trees. I know within my heart that there are some foundations of trust between all the parties that can be built on. Intentions and right action can move mountains. This is truly a momentous era. I’m sure others can feel the tremendous potential of the times. The Holy Land is destined to be a place of endless possibilities. Prayers for Gilad.

  3. I think that any responsible news outlet that carries stories about Gilad should include the phrase Gilad ben Aviva in the body of the article to remind us all that there is very real hishtadlus we can all undertake for his speedy release and to be mechazek the family.