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This is Hamas' prisoner exchange proposal

The proposal calls for an immediate halt to all Israeli military activity in Gaza and the release of more than 1500 Palestinian prisoners.

This is Hamas' prisoner exchange proposal

'We should have wiped them out long ago'

Former ISA official Micah Kobi warns against releasing terrorists, saying that Israel already knows where such a step leads.

'We should have wiped them out long ago'

Ben-Gvir applauds new exchange proposal

The National Security Minister called the deal 'proof that the War Cabinet is internalizing my opinion.'

Ben-Gvir applauds new exchange proposal

Plane carrying Ukrainian POWs crashes, no survivors

65 Ukrainian POWs are thought to have died in the crash, along with nine other individuals, as they were on their way to release as part of a prisoner exchange.

Plane carrying Ukrainian POWs crashes, no survivors

'Both Israel and Hamas refuse prisoner visits'

The Red Cross's Middle East director says that the decision from both sides is unacceptable.

'Both Israel and Hamas refuse prisoner visits'

Smotrich demands Cabinet meeting over prisoner deal

The demand comes amid growing rumors of a prisoner exchange deal that will include an extended ceasefire.

Smotrich demands Cabinet meeting over prisoner deal

Marwan Barghouti may be released in hostage deal

Several foreign intermediaries are cautiously optimistic about a new prisoner swap plan with Hamas.

Marwan Barghouti may be released in hostage deal

'No war - no government'

Itamar Ben-Gvir denounces recent government decisions to limit fighting in the Gaza Strip. 'The hostages are our brothers, but we have a responsibility to all Israelis'

'No war - no government'

Tel Aviv to host bereaved Israelis and Palestinians

The controversial event will feature a movie comparing Israel and apartheid South Africa and a panel discussion on prisoner exchanges.

Tel Aviv to host bereaved Israelis and Palestinians

'Terrorists must be distanced from their victims'

Yossi Tzur, who lost his son in a bus bombing attack says any terrorists released must be ordered to keep far away from their victims.

'Terrorists must be distanced from their victims'

Israeli officials to visit Cairo for prisoner exchange talks

A new report claims that an Israeli delegation will discuss possibilities including the IDF withdrawing and increased aid to Gaza.

Israeli officials to visit Cairo for prisoner exchange talks

Report: Israel agreed to free Intifada terrorists

A PLO official claims that Israel offered to free two terrorists serving multiple life sentences in return for hostages.

Report: Israel agreed to free Intifada terrorists

Egypt proposes return of IDF soldiers for Oct. 7 terrorists

Egypt proposed a plan to Hamas leadership involving multiple stages of exchanges, ceasefires, and a new government in Gaza.

Egypt proposes return of IDF soldiers for Oct. 7 terrorists

Family devastated: Four relatives will not be freed in exchange

The Bibas family will not embrace their relatives Yarden, Shiri, four-year-old Ariel, or ten-month-old Kfir, as all four remain captive.

Family devastated: Four relatives will not be freed in exchange

'Our government is not in control of prisoner exchanges'

The brother of one of the hostages criticizes Israel for being 'a passive party' in the prisoner exchange deal.

'Our government is not in control of prisoner exchanges'

'This is why I voted for the hostage deal'

Minister Amichai Chikli intended to vote against the prisoner exchange , and explains what changed his mind.

'This is why I voted for the hostage deal'

Hamas explains separation of families during exchange

Hamas claims to have been unable to find some of the captives scheduled to have been released.

Hamas explains separation of families during exchange

'We will not stop until the last hostage is freed'

The families of the hostages sent a message to 100,000 people in the Hostage Plaza: "We will not stop until the last hostage is released"

'We will not stop until the last hostage is freed'

Israel receives list of hostages to be released tonight

Security forces are warning that they will not to tolerate any further delays or breaches of the prisoner exchange agreements.

Israel receives list of hostages to be released tonight

Deal offered to Israel would release 50 Israeli hostages

Israel would receive the hostages in exchange for a 5-day ceasefire and 150 terrorists who were not convicted of murdering Israelis.

Deal offered to Israel would release 50 Israeli hostages

US citizens held as hostages by Iran arrive back in America

5 US citizens freed as part of deal which saw US free 5 Iranian prisoners and free up $6 billion in Iranian funds.

US citizens held as hostages by Iran arrive back in America

Hamas denies progress in prisoner exchange deal with Israel

Palestinian Arab official denies Netanyahu's remarks on progress in negotiations on a prisoner exchange deal.

Hamas denies progress in prisoner exchange deal with Israel

'We will demand release of recently arrested terrorists'

Top Hamas official says Hamas will demand release of terrorists who carried out attacks in the past year.

'We will demand release of recently arrested terrorists'

Defense Minister decides to retain body of deceased terrorist

Decision follows govt. policy of acquiring "bargaining chips" in potential prisoner exchange.

Defense Minister decides to retain body of deceased terrorist

Ukraine prisoner exchange with Russia frees US citizen

American national arrested in Donetsk in June accused by Russia of taking part in anti-Russian protests.

Ukraine prisoner exchange with Russia frees US citizen

Hamas warns Israel: Don't desecrate Al-Aqsa

"Our rockets are already fitted to the launchers," terrorist organization threatens.

Hamas warns Israel: Don't desecrate Al-Aqsa

Hamas claims IDF bombed building where missing soldiers are held

This is not the first time Hamas has claimed Hadar Goldin, Oron Shaul are still alive.

Hamas claims IDF bombed building where missing soldiers are held

Lapid seeks exchange deal with Hamas before the election

Egyptian sources say "serious" talks were recently held between Israel and Hamas through Egyptian mediators to promote an exchange deal.

Lapid seeks exchange deal with Hamas before the election

Israeli civilians to enter Gaza Strip for prisoner swap talks

Two Israelis have been approved by Hamas to enter Gaza and attempt to negotiate a prisoner exchange.

Israeli civilians to enter Gaza Strip for prisoner swap talks

Ministers set condition for return of terrorist's body

Also expressing support: MK Mansour Abbas. "We have to bring this chapter to a close."

Ministers set condition for return of terrorist's body

Was a golden opportunity for a prisoner exchange missed?

Document reveals "top-secret, classified" details of meeting of senior security chiefs immediately following Operation Protective Edge.

Was a golden opportunity for a prisoner exchange missed?

Difficulties in indirect negotiations with Hamas

Hamas conveys its position on prisoner exchange deal to Israel, via Egyptian mediators.

Difficulties in indirect negotiations with Hamas

'Only abducting soldiers will lead to release of prisoners'

Senior Hamas official warns: Another military confrontation will break out if one of the hunger striking security prisoners dies.

'Only abducting soldiers will lead to release of prisoners'

Hamas seeking exchange deal with Israel soon

Senior Hamas official says organization is interested in achieving a "Shalit 2 deal" in the near future.

Hamas seeking exchange deal with Israel soon

PA report: Israeli relief for Gaza followed Egyptian pressure

Israel's recent relief measures for Gaza are directly linked to pressure by the US, Egypt and other countries, according to PA newspaper.

PA report: Israeli relief for Gaza followed Egyptian pressure

Syrian sources fume over claims Israel included vaccines in deal

Source in Syria's opposition forces warns: 'Vaccines won't reach Syrian nation, they'll go to those loyal to Assad, and to his family.'

Syrian sources fume over claims Israel included vaccines in deal

'Prisoner exchange may signal bigger moves with Russian backing'

Middle East expert says looming prisoner exchange with Syria is likely a 'sign of things to come' in Israel-Syria relations.

'Prisoner exchange may signal bigger moves with Russian backing'

Deal to release Israeli woman held in Syria delayed

Negotiations hit snag after 2 Syrians held by Israel say they don't want to be deported to Syria. Israel hopes deal will be complete soon.

Deal to release Israeli woman held in Syria delayed

Israel negotiating with Syria to free woman who crossed border

Russia reportedly mediating negotiations in which Israel would free 2 prisoners in exchange for woman who accidentally crossed into Syria.

Israel negotiating with Syria to free woman who crossed border

'Hamas is under pressure to kidnap Israelis'

Arab affairs expert Yoni Ben Menachem explains what the obstacles are in the indirect contacts between Israel and Hamas.

'Hamas is under pressure to kidnap Israelis'

Hamas leader threatens more kidnappings

Ismail Haniyeh: There is no breakthrough in negotiations because Israel is not serious.

Hamas leader threatens more kidnappings

Youth to Netanyahu: Don't release terrorists in prisoner swap

Some 500 Israeli youth send letter urging PM not to advance a prisoner swap with Hamas that includes the release of terrorists.

Youth to Netanyahu: Don't release terrorists in prisoner swap

Hamas: No progress in prisoner exchange deal

Hamas official warns against believing reports in the Israeli media on significant progress in negotiations on prisoner swap.

Hamas: No progress in prisoner exchange deal

First formal discussion on contacts for prisoner exchange deal

PM Netanyahu discussed with the ministers a possible deal with Hamas for the release of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul.

First formal discussion on contacts for prisoner exchange deal

Hamas demands ventilators in prisoner exchange

Hamas demanding medical equipment and terrorists in possible agreement with Israel, sources say.

Hamas demands ventilators in prisoner exchange

Haniyeh: If Israel is serious - so are we

Hamas leader says the group is ready to discuss a prisoner exchange deal with Israel through mediators.

Haniyeh: If Israel is serious - so are we

Hamas denies prisoner exchange rumors

Hamas denied reports of an approaching deal with Israel for the return of Israeli civilians and remains of IDF soldiers.

Hamas denies prisoner exchange rumors

US student held for 3 yrs. released in Iran-US hostage swap

Princeton graduate student Xiyue Wang is reuniting with his wife and son after being imprisoned for 3 yrs. in Iran on trumped-up charges.

US student held for 3 yrs. released in Iran-US hostage swap

Israel to free 2 prisoners after soldier's body returned

Israel agrees to release two Syrian prisoners in gesture of 'goodwill' following return of IDF soldier Zachary Baumel's remains.

Israel to free 2 prisoners after soldier's body returned

Return of the soldiers held in Gaza? 'Election spin'

Goldin family: 'We have learned from experience that when reports are published, this means there is no agreement to bring the boys home.'

Return of the soldiers held in Gaza? 'Election spin'

Report: Germany mediating between Hamas and Israel

Arabic newspaper reports Germany has been involved in indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas over a prisoner exchange deal.

Report: Germany mediating between Hamas and Israel

Released terrorist returns to Israel - and to jail

Terrorist released in prisoner exchange on condition of never returning to Israel returns, and has life sentence reinstated.

Released terrorist returns to Israel - and to jail

Reports: Qatar to mediate exchange deal between Israel and Hamas

Report claims Israel offered to release 60 terrorists in exchange for soldiers' bodies.

Reports: Qatar to mediate exchange deal between Israel and Hamas

Taliban Welcomes 'Victory' After US Exchange

Taliban leader issues rare public statement congratulating Islamists over US terrorist release; Afghan government livid over the swap.

Taliban Welcomes 'Victory' After US Exchange

Fatah Prisoner Release Dec 18 in Shalit Deal Part II

Hundreds of imprisoned Palestinian Authority terrorists are to be freed later this month in stage two of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal.

Fatah Prisoner Release Dec 18 in Shalit Deal Part II

Bereaved Families File Suit to Stop Terrorist Release

Families of victims file suit against mass release of terrorists for Shalit. Sbarro families campaign to take murderess' name off list.

Bereaved Families File Suit to Stop Terrorist Release

Hugs, Calls to ‘Chop Off his Hands’ for Rabin Memorial Vandal

A young terror orphan who vandalized the Rabin memorial gets mixed reactions, from support, to calls to “cut off his hands.”

Hugs, Calls to ‘Chop Off his Hands’ for Rabin Memorial Vandal

Soldiers-to-Be: No Terror Swap for Us

Soldiers-to-be begin five-day march warning against terrorist release. “Do not release terrorists for us,” they tell the government.

Soldiers-to-Be: No Terror Swap for Us

Shalit Protests with Similar Messages in Tel Aviv and Gaza

Marchers in Tel Aviv call to free Gilad Shalit by exchanging terrorist prisoners, as Hamas protesters vow not to ease demands.

Shalit Protests with Similar Messages in Tel Aviv and Gaza

Anti-Terrorist Release Campaign Moves Forward after Shalit Tape

Activists who oppose the release of terrorist prisoners react to the Shalit video deal and describe the next step in their campaign.

Anti-Terrorist Release Campaign Moves Forward after Shalit Tape