Peretz: Schalit was almost freed 2 weeks after capture

October 22, 2011 23:38


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MK Amir Peretz revealed in an interview with Chanel 2 on Saturday night that a deal for Gilad Schalit's release had been negotiated almost immediately after his capture in 2006.

According to Peretz, who was defense minister when Schalit was captured, the deal had been fully negotiated with two high-level Egyptian officers who were in the Gaza Strip, but "something blew up" on the other end and the deal fell through.

Peretz says they continued to explore more negotiating options in the following months, even turning to high-level Hamas leadership in Syria.

"We explored military options as if there were no negotiation, and conducted negotiations as if there were no military option," Peretz said.

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