<i>Al Hayat</i>: Israel and Hamas agree to renew Schalit talks

Israel and Hamas have agreed to renew negotiations for the release of captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, London-based Arab newspaper Al Hayat reported Friday morning. An unnamed Egyptian official told the paper that Cairo wants to understand the new Israeli government's position on a prisoner swap. "So far, the Israeli government has not given any offer that we can work with," the source said. He said that much progress had been made with the previous government and that it would be a shame to start again from scratch. "The agreement to renew talks is a positive step, but we are waiting to hear the Israeli position," he said.