'Barak wants final response on Schalit now, PM willing to continue talks'

Barak seeks final respo

Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have been arguing over the importance of giving Hamas a final, definitive answer on the prisoner exchange deal that would secure the release of captive IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, Channel 10 reported on Monday night. According to the report, Barak feels that failing to issue a final Israeli response now will weaken Israel's position and lead Hamas to make more demands. Netanyahu reportedly believes that it will be possible to continue the negotiations from the same point they left off after the German mediator's Christmas holiday.