'New Egyptian draft for Schalit release accepted by Hamas'

'Al Jazeera' report says Egyptian officials will present the new draft to newly appointed negotiator set to visit Cairo in coming days.

May 8, 2011 15:43
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Captured soldier Gilad Schalit in video

Gilad Schalit in video 311 (R). (photo credit: Reuters)


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Egyptian intelligence services have formulated a new draft to secure the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, which Hamas views as acceptable, Al Jazeera reported on Sunday.

According to the report, Egyptian officials will present the new draft to a newly appointed negotiator who is scheduled to visit the country in the following days.

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Following the signing of the national unity agreement by Hamas and Fatah, Egypt reportedly increased its role in negotiating a prisoner exchange.

Aviva and Noam Schalit sent an urgent letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Wednesday, threatening to petition the High Court if he does not convene a meeting with the defense and finance ministers and find ways to pressure the Palestinian Authority to ensure the release of their son Gilad.

The letter stated that the agreement signed between Fatah and Hamas reinforced the Palestinian Authority’s legal responsibilities over the captive soldier.

“We demand that in light of the new situation, the transfer of tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority be delayed until the release of Gilad, whose fate is now in the hands of the PA,” the Schalits wrote in the letter.

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