'Schalit deal not finalized because J'lem won't release Israeli Arabs'

The bone of contention preventing Israel and Hamas from finalizing a prisoner exchange deal is Jerusalem's refusal to release Israeli Arabs, London-based Arabic daily A-Sharq al-Awsat reported on Monday morning. According to the report, Israel was not willing to give in to a Hamas demand that Arab Israelis, specifically east Jerusalem residents, will be included in the group of prisoners released in exchange for captive IDF soldier Gilad Schalit.