Israel 'Offers 25 Terrorists in Exchange for Soldiers' Bodies'
A source in the Palestinian delegation to Cairo said that Israel offered to hand over 25 terrorists that it arrested during Operation Protective Edge and 18 bodies of terrorists who were killed, in exchange for the bodies of Lt. Hadar Goldin and First Sgt. Oron Shaul hy”d.
According to report in Al Masry Al-Youm, Israel demanded that the bodies of its soldiers be returned as a condition for the negotiations to proceed. The report was not confirmed by any official Israeli sources.
Egyptian mediators met a Palestinian delegation again Friday evening and were waiting to hear back from the Israelis after the Jewish Shabbat ended at sundown Saturday.
Acting US Middle East peace envoy Frank Lowenstein, who has been in Cairo for some days, "is still trying to help the parties get a permanent ceasefire", a US embassy official said.