Jay Carney 311.
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The White House said on Wednesday that the United States was pleased that a deal to return Gilad Schalit from Hamas captivity has been reached.
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House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the swap, of more than 1,000
Palestinian prisoners in return for Schalit, was long overdue.
"We are pleased by the reports that Mr. Shalit will be home soon with his family," Carney said. "The president, as you know, has called many times for his release, and that his release is long overdue.
Details of the prisoner exchange deal passed by the cabinet
emerged Tuesday night.
A total of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners will be released in the deal, in two stages.
In the first stage, 450 prisoners will be released, 280 of whom are serving life sentences.
Of those, Israel agreed to release 96 prisoners to the West Bank and 14
to east Jerusalem. Another 203 from the West Bank will be deported to
Gaza and 40 will be sent abroad. Further, 131 prisoners from Gaza will
be released back to Gaza.