Gilad Schalit 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is convening a special cabinet meeting
Tuesday evening to approve an Egyptian mediated deal for the release of
kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit, government sources confirmed.
The meeting is scheduled to begin a 8 pm.
'Netanyahu doesn't have right to sentence Gilad to death'
'Every hour that passes, Schalit becomes like Ron Arad'
was quoted on TV news as saying "the window has
been opened for an historic deal" to free Shalit, captured by Hamas
militants tunneling under a border fence in June 2006.
Gaza, a source involved in Egyptian-mediated talks between Israel and
the Islamist group told Reuters agreement had been reached for a swap to
take place possibly as soon as in the coming days.
Government sources said that in recent days there have
been a number of high level meetings in the Prime Minister's Office
dealing with Schalit. The Egyptian press has also reported in recent
days visits by Israeli officials to Cairo.
Channel 2 said that
Hamas's diplomatic bureau chief Haled Mashaal was expected to make
comments on the issue on Hamas's TV station Tuesday evening, adding that both sides had shown flexibility as of late on a final deal.
The announcement came after last week, Palestinian and Egyptian sources denied an Al Hayat report which said that German mediator Gerhard Konrad was in Cairo for talks over a prisoner-swap deal.
Jpost.com staff and Reuters contributed to this report.