Hamas received Israeli offer on prisoner swap


Hamas announced on Wednesday that the German mediator involved in the talks to release kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit had delivered Israel’s offer.

Media outlets in the Gaza Strip reported Wednesday that a Hamas delegation would head from Gaza to Cairo today, and then to Damascus, where they would meet with members of Hamas’ political wing there to discuss their response to what Israel has put on the table.

Al-Hayat has reported that, according to Western diplomatic sources, Israel had agreed to release 443 out of 450 prisoners, on condition that 100 would be expelled to the Gaza Strip or other countries, but will not be allowed to return to the West bank.

Israel reportedly has not agreed to the release of Marwan Barghouti, Ahmed Sa’adat, Ibrahim Hamed, Abdallah Barghouti, Abbas Sayed, Jamal Abu-Hija and Hassan Salameh.