Mofaz northern border 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
MK Shaul Mofaz (Kadima), chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense
Committee, said on Saturday that because of Turkey’s involvement in negotiations
to free captive soldier Gilad Schalit, now is an opportune time to restore ties
with Ankara, Israel Radio reported.
A recent apology by Defense Minister
Ehud Barak to Egypt for the deaths of several Egyptian soldiers two months ago,
Mofaz said, sets the tone for detente with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Prison Service preparing release of Palestinian prisoners
Hamas-affiliated website releases reported prisoner list
According to the deal reached last week between Israel and
Hamas, many of the security prisoners being released in exchange for Schalit
will be deported overseas. A list of countries that will take them has not yet
been announced, although there is speculation Turkey may be one of
President Shimon Peres on Tuesday said he was “pleasantly surprised
by the Turkish government’s stand” on the Schalit deal, but did not elaborate,
raising speculation Ankara either expressed a willingness to take in some of the
Palestinian prisoners, helped convince Hamas it should accept the deal, or both.