Sunday, October 04, 2009

Gilad Schalit is alive but a long way from freedom

From Voice of America, 03 October 2009, by Robert Berger, Jerusalem:

The release of a new videotape of a captive Israeli soldier has not raised expectations for a broader Israeli-Palestinian prisoner swap in the near future.

Image taken from video released by Hamas, 02 Oct 2009, shows Israeli soldier Sgt. Gilad Schalit held captive for more than three years in Gaza Strip

The father of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is not optimistic about his son's release, despite a videotape published on Friday showing for the first time that he is alive and well. Speaking a day after the Islamic militant group Hamas handed over the tape in exchange for the release of 20 female Palestinian prisoners, Noam Shalit said he does not expect a breakthrough.

...he said Israel and Hamas are "not on the brink of a deal" and that he fears negotiations on a prisoner swap could take years...
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