Prisoner Exchange Deal

Prisoner Swap Could Be The Last Straw

03/25/2014 - 20:00

The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, already on life support for months, could flatline this weekend. The issue now is not whether the negotiations will collapse, but who will take the primary blame for it.

Back-Channel Broker On Deal Sees ‘Door Opening’ On Talks

As Shalit walks free, intermediary to Hamas sees glimmer of hope despite ‘complexities.’
10/17/2011 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Gershon Baskin, the American-Israeli who helped broker the release of Gilad Shalit through his back-channel contacts with Hamas, said he hopes to keep that door open for future peace talks.

“I don’t think these issues can be negotiated in public,” he said. “People need to trust each other and not get bogged down for lack of trust.”

Reunited: Gilad and his father Noam Shalit Tuesday after the IDF soldier was freed. getty images

Murderers’ Row

Who are the terrorists being freed in the Shalit deal?
10/17/2011 - 20:00

GHIn exchange for Gilad Shalit’s release, Israel is freeing 1,027 Palestinian security prisoners.

The first 477, agreed upon with Hamas, were released Tuesday. Most had been serving life sentences for their roles in attacks against Israelis, and they included the organizers or perpetrators of many of the most infamous terrorist attacks against Israelis over the past several decades.

The remaining 550 will be chosen by Israel and released in two months.

The following are some of the more notorious terrorists being let out of prison as part of the deal:

Palestinian prisoners freed from Israeli jails in the exchange for Gilad Shalit arrive at the Rafah crossing point into Gaza.

Egypt Reportedly Ready To Free Ilan Grapel In Prisoner Swap With Israel

10/17/2011 - 20:00

Egypt will reportedly release dual American-Israeli citizen Ilan Grapel in a prisoner exchange deal with Israel.

Grapel, who Egypt accuses of being a spy, will be released in exchange for 81 Egyptians being held in Israel on charges such as trying to illegally cross into the country, murder, drug trafficking, illegal residency and holding unlicensed weapons, according to the Egyptian newspaper Ahram. Three of the Egyptians held in Israel are under the age of 14, Ahram reported.

Grapel has not yet been indicted, and his detention was extended recently by 45 days.

How #GiladShalit Became More Famous Than Gilad Shalit

Ynet News is reporting that the Israeli prime minister's emissary to the negotiations for a prisoner exchange deal with Hamas to return the captive Gilad Shalit said "it's not over yet. The deal reached is pretty complicated, but the most difficult part is behind us." The former Mossad agent turned Gilad Shalit negotiator, David Meidan, added that he plans to travel to Egypt soon, together with the negotiation team, to plan Gilad Shalit's return to Israel.

The Free Gilad Shalit Campaign gained traction early on Twitter
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