National Infrastructures Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer on Tuesday proposed releasing former Tanzim leader Marwan Barghouti in exchange for kidnapped IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Schalit, saying that Barghouti was expected to be the next leader of the Palestinians.
"We need to break the cycle," Ben-Eliezer said in an interview with Army Radio. "Freeing Barghouti could start a process that would succeed in both moving the diplomatic negotiations forward and in freeing Schalit."
He added that until now, there have been no positivie developments in the Schalit case.
MK Effi Eitam (NU/NRP) opposed the idea, calling Barghouti an "arch-murderer" who did not deserve to be freed.
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