Abbas promises to work for release of Gilad Shalit

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday that he would continue his efforts to bring about the release of Cpl. Gilad Shalit who was kidnapped two months ago by a group associated with Hamas. Meeting with Meretz Chairman Yossi Beilin, Abbas said that he was encouraged by recent polls showing that most of the Israeli public supported a permanent agreement with the Palestinians, rather than a unilateral move.