Israel to consider easing criteria for prisoner exchange

Top Israeli ministers and senior members of the state's defence establishment will meet on Monday to consider relaxing the conditions for releasing Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the return of an Israeli soldier held captive in the Gaza Strip.

Israel to consider easing criteria for prisoner exchange
Top Israeli ministers and senior members of the state's defence establishment will meet on Monday to consider relaxing the conditions for releasing Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the return of an Israeli soldier held captive in the Gaza Strip.

Gilad Shalit was captured in the summer of 2006 in a cross border raid by Palestinian groups from Gaza, including Hamas, which now rules the enclave. Since then, no international aid group has been allowed access to Shalit, but his captors released a voice recording about six months ago.

While Israel has until now refused as part of any swap for Shalit to release prisoners - the panel will discuss redefining the term, which could create a larger pool of prisoners to go free in an eventual agreement, local media reported.

The Palestinian side has demanded that any release include senior Palestinians.

All previous talks, mostly with Egyptian mediation, have broken down, in part over the number and names of prisoners to be released.

Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Aralık 2007, 17:11
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