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Egyptian newspaper report Saturday claims that Former US presidents
Clinton and Jimmy Carter may visit the Gaza Strip to broker a deal
for the release of captured IDF soldier Gilad
Schalit and to discuss the
blockade on the Strip.
According to the report in Al Mesryoon, Washington,
Cairo and Hamas are in talks to facilitate the visit. Such a visit, the
paper noted, would signify greater openness by the Obama Administration
towards Hamas, as previous contacts have been held unofficially and at a
much lower level.
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Schalit family march
The report was not confirmed by any official Egyptian sources and could
not be independently verified by The Jerusalem Post.
The possibility of Clinton serving as mediator in a prisoner swap deal
with Hamas was raised by Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu earlier this
month when he met with the former president in the US.
Gilad Schalit’s family remains in a tent site outside the
Prime Minister’s Residence, where they have been living for the past
week, and where they say they will stay until the soldier returns home.
On Wednesday, Day 1,480 since Schalit’s abduction, the tent of activists
protesting against what they say is government inaction continued to
draw passersby – pedestrians and drivers – who asked for the yellow
ribbons that have come to symbolize the hope for Schalit’s return.
“We have made no progress with the government,” Noam Schalit, Gilad’s
father, said, as he sat with his wife, Aviva, and friends in the crowded
A week after the 11-day march for Schalit came to a close in the
capital, advocates for Schalit’s safe return home have reported an
increase in support. The campaign is still riding the recent outpouring
of support generated during the march, according to Schalit activists.