Shin Bet head: Deal is best option to bring Schalit home

October 12, 2011 01:02


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Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) chief Yoram Cohen said Tuesday night while the prisoner exchange deal to free Gilad Schalit is difficult for Israel, there is no better alternative in the near future to bring the captured soldier home.

"There is no question that for many families who lost loved ones to terror this is a difficult deal. If we want to bring Schalit home though, this is the way," he said.

He also told the cabinet that Hamas was motivated to come to a deal to free captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit in order to free Palestinian prisoners.

He said that Hamas understood that it needed to be flexible, as Israel was adamant that Marwan Barghouti, Abdullah Barghouti, Ibrahim Hamed and Ahmed Sa'adat would not be released.

"With the upheaval in the Arab world, particularly of their headquarters in Damascus, also led them to be more flexible," he said.

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