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A senior Hamas official said that the German mediator in the negotiations for captive soldier Gilad Schalit , Gerhard Konrad, has offered "new ideas." These new developments could potentially lead to a breakthrough in negotiations, reported London-based newspaper Al-Hayat on Tuesday.
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The anonymous official did not elaborate, however he said the mediator will soon return to Gaza with certain clarifications requested by Hamas, the report stated.
The source told Al-Hayat
that Hamas would respond positively to any breakthrough in negotiations. He did, however, stress that Hamas would stand by its opinion that Israel must release all prisoners whose names were included in a list handed by the organization if it wants to see Schalit released.
Noam Schalit, father of Gilad Schalit, last week said that his family
had lost all belief in everyone involved in bringing about his son’s
Schalit made the remarks during an Israel Radio interview in which he
responded to reports that Konrad had visited Gaza to discuss the release
of his son.
Schalit said he hoped Hamas and the government would “regain their
composure” and work out a deal that would bring about Gilad’s release
after almost five years.