Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal 311 Reu.
(photo credit: Khaled Al Hariri / Reuters)
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal will head a Hamas delegation to Cairo this weekend to discuss a possible prisoner swap for captive IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, Hamas journal Al Resalah reported Tuesday.
The Jerusalem Post
The paper, quoting an unnamed Palestinian source "in the know," reported that the Hamas delegation would meet with senior Egyptian officials and be briefed on the latest Israeli position on a prisoner release.
could not confirm the veracity of the report.RELATED'We have one dream, to see our son come home'Sarkozy to Gilad Schalit: ‘France has not forgotten you’
Gilad's father Noam on Sunday released a YouTube video to mark the 25th birthday of his son, who has been held by Hamas since 2006.
The video titled "Gilad Schalit's Father Pleads for Gilad's Release" was
released in conjunction with the Stand With Us movement which helps
fight for the captive soldier's release. In the video, which shows
pictures of Gilad as a baby and throughout his childhood, Noam says that
for five long years he and his wife have had one dream - "To see our
son come home."
"He will be 25 years old and we ask that all the people of the free
world to help us to free Gilad before it will be too late," Gilad's
To mark Schalit’s birthday, France and the US on Sunday sent words of
support to his parents, as hundreds rallied with them throughout the day
to demand his freedom.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy wrote a personal letter to the young
man, who holds both French and Israeli citizenship, while United States
Ambassador Dan Shapiro visited Noam and mother Aviva in their protest
tent in Jerusalem to express both his personal support and that of his
government’s for the battle to free Schalit.Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.