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Minister Binyamin Netanyahu confirmed to Army Radio that negotiations with
Hamas to release captive soldier Gilad Schalit were renewed, Sunday morning.
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Government sources on Saturday had already confirmed reports that German mediator Gerhard Konrad went to Gaza three weeks ago to speak with Hamas officials in relation to the negotiations, Channel 2 reported.
According to the report the mediator was in Gaza three weeks ago.
Noam Schalit on Saturday responded to media reports of the German
mediator's trip to Gaza, saying that he had no knowledge of such a trip.
"The answers lie with the Prime Minister's Office," said Schalit. He added that he could not confirm or deny the report.
Konrad, the German mediator working for Schalit's release, visited Gaza
two weeks ago, according to a statement by senior Hamas official Musa
Abu Marzouk in the London-based al-Hayat
newspaper on Saturday.
According to the al-Hayat
report, Konrad met with the senior Hamas officials, but Abu Marzouk did
not reveal any of the details discussed at the meeting, aside from
stating that Hamas' position regarding a potential prisoner exchange has
Noam's remarks and the report of Konrad's visit came after Schalit
criticized the European Union on Sunday for not having done enough to
pressure Hamas to release his son, who also holds French citizenship.
“When there is a need to pressure Israel, the European Union knows how
to do that very well,” Schalit said, evincing a belief in European
double-standards regarding Israeli-Palestinian issues.
Schalit spoke after meeting briefly with French Foreign Minister Bernard
Kouchner and Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Moratinos. The two men
visited Noam and his wife, Aviva, at the protest tent just outside the
prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem, where they exchanged
pleasantries with the couple who have waited for their son’s return
since he was first captured on the Gaza border in June 2006.