The London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported on Wednesday night that Germany has been involved in indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas over a prisoner exchange deal.
According to the report, four Israeli prisoners will be released in exchange for Palestinian Arab prisoners. Western sources told the newspaper that Germany has been holding meetings and contacts with Hamas for three years and is playing a similar role of mediator as it did during the negotiations for the release of abducted soldier Gilad Shalit.
Hamas has been holding the bodies of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul since the 2014 Operation Protective Edge. In addition, two Israeli civilians who went missing in Gaza – Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed – are believed to be held by Hamas as well.
Read more at Arutz Sheva.