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Israel’s defense minister today said his government was doing its utmost to win the release of Gilad Shalit, a soldier held captive for three years, but stressed it would not pay any price.

Ehud Barak made his remarks after Israel conveyed its response on a prisoner swap proposal to Islamist group Hamas through a German mediator.

“We are intensively formulating the correct way to promote the Shalit topic,” said Barak in a speech to high-school students in the city of Rishon LeZion. “This is a sensitive time and it would be wrong to expound upon the topic, but we, as those who sent Gilad, feel a responsibility … to make every feasible and worthy move to bring Gilad home, though not at any price.” Guardian.UK

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