Moussa Abu Marzouk, the deputy head of Hamas's political bureau in Syria, called on Israel on Friday to "get off their high horse" and try to achieve a serious agreement on kidnapped soldier Cpl. Gilad Schalit through Egyptian mediators, Israel Radio reported.
In an interview with the Al-Hadaf newspaper, which is published in the Galilee village of Tamra, Marzouk said there must be light at the end of the tunnel in the Schalit affair, but that it depended on Israel.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) - one of the groups involved in Schalit's kidnapping - said in a separate interview that there had been no coordination between Hizbullah and Schalit's captors ahead of the exchange deal conducted earlier this week.
However, the spokesman said, the groups should perhaps coordinate such activities in the future in order to avoid overlaps in the lists of prisoners they want freed.