A delegation of rabbinic authorities met with Muslim clerics and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Tuesday to discuss the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit, Channel 2 reported.
According to MK Rabbi Michael Melchior (Labor), Abbas wants to be the president who signs a peace deal with Israel.
Melchior added that Abbas told the delegation that Shalit's release was imperative, and said that Abbas understood that as long as Shalit was still in captivity, there could be no progress towards peace.
"The problem is that we both know that unfortunately, this is not in the Palestinian president's hands," he lamented.