Rivlin: Knesset should play minimal role in Schalit deal

October 14, 2011 13:45

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin predicted on Friday that captive soldier Gilad Schalit's release will be followed by a flood of related legislation. At the same time, he backs the government's decision not to bring the deal to release captive soldier Gilad Schalit to a vote in the Knesset.

"Nobody can remain indifferent to this news," Rivlin stated. He explained that most of the Knesset's factions, including Likud, Kadima, Shas, Labor, Habayit Hayehudi and Independence, said they favor the release of over 1,000 Palestinians from prison in exchange for Schalit.

Therefore, Rivlin said, "there is no need for a formal act of approval."

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