German mediator Gerhard Konrad is back in the region in efforts to reach a prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hamas for kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit, newspaper A-Sharq al-Awsat reported on Friday.
The report cited senior officials in Jerusalem as saying that a deal had previously been reached by the government of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Hamas's political leadership but that the group's armed wing in the Strip rejected the offer.
The official added that "Netanyahu presented a proposal to Hamas that was better than the proposals of former prime minister Ehud Olmert," A-Sharq reported.
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