Barak Half-Confirms Shalit Talks

Defense Minister Barak: there is "a kernel of facts behind rumors about negotiations on the subject of Gilad Shalit."

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Ehud Barak
Ehud Barak
Defense Ministry

Defense Minister Ehud Barak confirmed Tuesday that there is "a kernel of facts behind rumors about negotiations on the subject of Gilad Shalit."

"There were two real talks with the relevant elements in the last five years," he added, "but they did not succeed."

"We need to maintain self control," he added. "We all want his release; we should stop making the distinction, as if there are people who want to see Gilad Shalit back home, and those who do not."
 
According to Al Hayat, a London-based Arabic newspaper, Israeli emissary, David Meidan, and Hamas terror chief Ahmed Jaabari are conducting indirect negotiations in Cairo. Hamas and Israeli delegations were to sit in separate rooms, with an Egyptian team mediating.
 
Hamas has held IDF soldier Gilad Shalit since he was abducted in 2006 and demands the release of 1,000 terrorists being held in Israeli jails.  
 



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