Palestinians: Swap talks deadlocked over 'heavyweight' prisoners - Israel News, Ynetnews

   Israel News

Israel News
World News
Israel Opinion
Israel Business
Israel Culture
Israel Travel
Captive Soldier

Shalit family's protest tent in Jerualem Photo: Eli Mendelbaum
Shalit family's protest tent in Jerualem Photo: Eli Mendelbaum

Palestinians: Swap talks deadlocked over 'heavyweight' prisoners

Sources tell Al-Hayat newspaper that Egyptian-mediated negotiations at standstill due to Hamas' insistence that Israel include release of 450 'heavyweight' detainees in deal for captive soldier Shalit; Olmert to brief cabinet on developments

Published: 03.17.09, 08:22 / Israel News

As Israel and Hamas exchange blame over the deadlock in the Cairo negotiations on a prisoner swap, Palestinian sources attributed the standstill to the Islamist group's insistence that Israel release 450 "heavyweight" detainees.

Cairo Talks
PM's Office: Hamas toughened its stance / Roni Sofer
No prisoner swap for time being: Hamas reneged on previous understandings, toughened its stance on deal to secure abducted IDF soldier's release, Prime Minister's Office says Monday night
Full Story


Meanwhile, Egyptian sources familiar with the negotiations were quoted by the London-based Arabic language newspaper Al-Hayat on Tuesday as saying that the Israeli emissaries, Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin and Ofer Dekel, told the Egyptian mediators that in light of Hamas' demands they have no more room for compromise and must await the cabinet's instructions.


On Tuesday Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is expected to brief ministers on the latest developments in the talks to secure the release of captive soldier Gilad Shalit.


According to a senior source in the PM's Office, "a deal cannot be finalized on such terms, and there's nothing to vote on (in the government session) Tuesday." Officials at Olmert's office added that at this time it is unclear whether more talks will be held vis-à-vis Hamas via Egyptian mediation.


According to updates relayed to government ministers, no vote will be held during Tuesday's cabinet session.


Noam Shalit, the captive soldier's father, was expected to meet with Dekel later in the day.  


commentcomment   PrintPrint  Send to friendSend to friend   
Tag with Bookmark to

14 Talkbacks for this article    See all talkbacks
Please wait for the talkbacks to load


RSS RSS | About | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of use | Advertise with us | Site Map

Site developed by  YIT Advanced Technology Solutions