An Israeli soldier who has been in prison in Gaza for 5 years without so much as a visit by the Red Cross.
Apparently a deal has been reached for his release.
The terms are not yet known, but the Israeli cabinet is voting on it tonight (Israel time).
Updates to follow:
Haaretz and other news sources are confirming the deal:
Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office said that “a brief window of opportunity has been opened that would possibly lead to Gilad Shalit’s homecoming,” adding: “The window appeared following fears that collapsing Mideast regimes and the rise of extremist forces would make Gilad Shalit’s return impossible.”
Netanyahu is holding a press conference right now, and confirming via Twitter:
Report from Al-Jazeera English is that the deal involves 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.
And more details are coming out which will be hard for Israelis to hear, but the list includes killers like expert bombmaker Abdullah Barghouti (who built the bombs used in several high profile terrorist attacks killing 90 Israelis), Ibrahim Hamed (the chief of Hamas’s military operations in the West Bank,) and others with blood directly on their hands. One has to wonder how many Israelis will die in the future at the hands of the prisoner’s being released.
Israel television says released prisoners have 1200 Israeli vistims on their hands.
Israeli officials are denying that Marwan Barghouti is on the list (he’s not part of Hamas).
And, via Ynet:
All Palestinian female prisoners held in Israeli prisons are included in the
list of 450 including Amina Mona, a young woman who lured a lovestruck Israeli
teenage boy by the name of Ophir Nahum to a Palestinian city over the Internet,
only to have him killed by waiting terrorists.
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Now that the FBI says two Iranians were planning to assassinate Saudi and Israeli Ambassadors, things are likely to get even more tense over there. Hope they close the deal to release him soon.
If only it were possible that those marvelously inventive Israelis have planted some sort of explosive device in each of these killers, to be detonated when they’re in the midst of being congratulated by Hamas leadership. What a salutary lesson that would be! Don’t kidnap Israelis, and don’t ask us to free killers. Israel really needs to develop the will to teach the Arabs that particular lesson.
Relax, relax. They “chipped” them while they were in prison.
Mossad will have 24/7 tracking on them to see where they go. Who they visit. who they talk to.
And if they ever try to enter Israel again, special detectors will be triggered by the id chip and IDF will be alerted.
It’s all good.
(consider this my prayer)
Get him back to Israel, then bomb Gaza till it’s flat.
I’m glad that he’ll finally be going home. One Israeli soldier IS worth far more than all the islamonazis that have to be traded in exchange. But I think Towson Lawyer has the right idea.
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