French President Nicolas Sarkozy has requested Shas spiritual leader Ovadia Yosef's consent to the early release of Salah Hamouri, a Palestinian prisoner who was convicted in 2005 of scheming to assassinate the Rabbi. Hamouri holds French citizenship.
Yosef is expected to agree to Hamouri's release as part of the second phase of the Shalit prisoner swap agreement. The rabbi is to meet with the French ambassador to Israel on Sunday. (Kobi Nahshoni)